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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 hit 368 million barrel of oil find

Ngamia 1 oil exploration site in South Lokichar basin,in Northern Kenya Photo/Joseph Kariuki

Ngamia 1 oil exploration site in South Lokichar basin,in Northern Kenya Photo/Joseph Kariuki

Kenya’s oil find is now commercially viable after studies by Canadian firm Africa Oil that runs wells with Tullow in Lokichar basin confirmed the county has oil potential of up to 1,213 million barrels of oil.

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Tullow discover more oil in Kenya at Twiga South 1

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 in a statement that the Twiga South-1 exploration well in Block 13T, onshore Kenya, has encountered 30 metres of net oil pay with further potential to be assessed on test and has also encountered a tight fractured rock section with hydrocarbon shows over a gross interval of 796 metres.

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Has Kenya found new oil in Turkana?

Ngamia 1 rig: Weatherford staff at the rig at Ngamia 1 exploration site in Turkana that is owned by Tullow Oil and Africa One Photo Joseph Kariuki

When the Canadian firm Africa Oil  announced yesterday that they had got more oil at their block 10BB at Ngamia in Turkana,some champagne glasses were already up to toss to new wealth. And the social media was a buzz with excitement. We had found more oil in Turkana.

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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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