An American oil and gas exploration firm, Camac Energy, is set to begin an extensive seismic survey in search of oil deposits in Kenya.
Speaking during a sensitization forum, Garissa County Governor, Nathif Juma, urged the firm to be mindful of the environment during this exercise as oil explorations generally cause catastrophic environmental degradation if not properly conducted.The Governor advised the Texas based exploration firm to take care of the county’s social and environmental well being when the seismic survey data begins in a few days time.
National Oil Corporation of Kenya estimates Lamu Basin to hold 900 million barrels of oil reserve. Camac Energy’s four oil blocks cover a total surface area of about 37,000 square kilometers. Two of the four blocks, L27 and L28, are located in more than 3,000 meters of ultra-deep waters in the Indian Ocean. Camac Energy has another block in Mandera Basin.
Along with other companies, it is conducting explorations in four basins, Lamu, Anza, Tertiary Rift and Mandera. Tullow Oil is conducting onshore drilling in Northern Kenya. In 2012, Tullow Oil did a feasibility study on oil discovery in Northern Kenya.