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North Rift bloc pushes for regional oil refinery

A Tullow Oil exploration rig in Turkana: A refinery requires a central location, experts have said.  FILE PHOTO | NMG
A Tullow Oil exploration rig in Turkana: A refinery requires a central location, experts have said. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

A North Rift trade caucus has opened a lobbying front to have crude oil from Turkana refined in the region, targeting jobs among other benefits.

Eight counties under North Rift Economic Bloc (Noreb) is proposing to the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) that the refining of crude from Turkana and Kerio Valley be done in the region.

Tullow Oil has found deposits in Turkana, Elgeyo Marakwet and Kerio Valley belt bordering Baringo.

Speaking during a meeting with KPC officials in Eldoret on Thursday, Jackson Mandago, the Uasin Gishu governor, said the facility should be set up within the region producing the black gold.