Tullow Oil withdraws from Ethiopia after unsuccessful drilling operations. The firm drift to Ethiopia after finding oil deposits in Northern Uganda and Kenya on East Africa’s Great Rift Valley. The firm attributed the withdrawal after recording 10 failures from wells drilled.Tullow staffs will leave Ethiopia in December though it will maintain a skeleton office for the next two years.
Meanwhile, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda are finalizing on a consultant to oversee the building of a pipeline to pump the region’s new oil bonanza to the coast for export. The consultanant will carry out the feasibility study and front end engineering design for a crude oil pipeline running from Hoima to coastal region of Kenya.
According to the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, the consultant to be announced early in November will be required to finish the study within five months of the award.
Also, the consultant will supervise the construction of a fibre optic cable from Hoima in Uganda through the Lokichar basin in northwest Kenya to Lamu, and tank terminals in Hoima, Lokichar and Lamu.
This project will entail the construction of a 9-km pipeline from the Lamu tank terminal to an offshore mooring buoy.