Turkana crude trucking resumes Thursday after row

Martin Mbogo
Tullow Oil Kenya country manager Martin Mbogo. PHOTO | COURTESY  

Trucking of crude oil from Turkana to Mombasa resumes Thursday after a near two-month (56-days) costly blockade, Tullow Oil confirmed on Wednesday.

The British oil explorer said it had completed loading of trucks as it prepares to carry on with transportation of the crude, following a deal it struck earlier in the month with the Petroleum ministry and local leaders.

Rowdy protestors had on June 27 blocked movement of crude by four trucks demanding a fair share of jobs and improved security in the vast area that is prone to bandit attacks.

“Tullow would like to confirm that the oil transporting trucks are completing loading operations and are ready to leave the loading site on August 23,” said Tullow Kenya country manager Martin Mbogo.

President Uhuru Kenyatta commissioned the four vehicles with a capacity of 150 barrels per day each on June 3.