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Tullow suspends oil drilling in Turkana over jobs

Ngamia 1 rig: Weatherford staff at the rig at Ngamia 1 exploration site in Turkana that is owned by Tullow Oil and Africa One.The firm has discover more oil at Twiga South 1 Photo Joseph Kariuki

Ngamia 1 rig: Weatherford staff at the rig at Ngamia 1 exploration site in Turkana that is owned by Tullow Oil and Africa One.The firm has discover more oil at Twiga South 1 Photo Joseph Kariuki

Tullow Oil has announced that it has temporarily suspended all operations as a precautionary measure in Block 10BB (Ngamia 1) and Block 13T(Twiga South-1) in Northern Kenya.

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Kenya oil: Inside Tullow oil Ngamia 1 rig in Turkana

An aerial view of Ngamia 1 oil rig in Turkana,Northern Kenya owned by Tullow Oil Photo/Joseph Kariuki

It was an anxious moment for all of us as we waited to board a flight to Turkana for a tour of Ngamia 1 oil exploration site. It was a maiden tour by the media to the Tullow oil rig (a rig is an apparatus for on-land oil drilling) at block 10BB. The oil discovery had made headlines on March 26. Ngamia and Turkana oil was then trending on social media. But in a few days the usual negative publicity,Kenyan style, set in.

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