A centre of excellence in oil and gas sector has been initiated after University of Nairobi (UoN) collaborated with Kenya Pipeline Company. The partnership involving other players like National Oil Corporation of Kenya and Tullow Oil will see the center develop capacity in the oil and gas sector. It will also enhance huge opportunities in the oil and gas sector whilst creating a database of oil engineers in the country.
This evolves after the university in conjunction with the state oil agency inaugurated the first series of public lecture to discuss available and viable prospect in the sector. The first lecture discussed the challenges and opportunities in the oil and gas sector in East Africa region.
Once the center comes to fruition, highly qualified graduates will be able to participate in building the long awaited crude oil project. Government plans to build a 865-kilometer (538-mile) crude oil pipeline linking fields in its northern region to a new port along the coast line in two years. Currently, the government is assessing on bids for the pipeline’s design and will award a so-called front-end engineering design contract in October.
Kenya’s pipeline may cost about $2.1 billion. The nation struck a deal in June with northern neighbor Ethiopia to build a joint oil pipeline from Lamu Port to Addis Ababa by the end of 2016. This project aims to incorporate the efforts of the two countries as part of joint infrastructure regional projects under the Lamu Port-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor. The deal came up after Kenya lost a crucial deal with Uganda to construct another pipeline from Hoima-Lokichar-Lamu route under the corridor.
The lecture was attended by CS Energy and Petroleum, Mr. Charles Keter, UoN Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mbithi, Kenya Pipeline Company CEO, Joe Sang among other oil experts.