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AlMansoori completes facilities for first Kenyan oil

Jul 11, 2018
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AlMansoori Specialized Engineering, UAE-based oilfield services company said it completed a US$15 million contract with Tullow Oil which contributed to Kenya’s first oil production and export programme.

The contract entailed providing facilities as part of Kenya’s EOPS of degassing facilities for three well pads and an early production facility for oil and water separation, stabilisation, storage and export.

The facilities designed and manufactured by AlMansoori in Abu Dhabi.

The oil wells are in the South Lokichar Basin, in Turkana County approximately 350 miles north-east of Nairobi. Under the production program, oil from the wells will be transported by road to refineries in Mombassa in advance of an 821 kms pipeline being constructed to allow full production by 2021/2022.

Tullow Oil and its partner Africa Oil discovered commercial reserves in the Lokichar basin in 2012. Total has since taken a 25 percent stake. Kenya planned to start the small scale export of crude oil from Turkana in June after an agreement to on revenue sharing between the government and the oil companies.

AlMansoori also provided local workforce, having established a program to train and develop the local talent. Additionally, the oilfield services company used local fabricators and suppliers to outsource the required materials and consumables for the operations.

AlMansoori CEO Nabil Alalawi said: “We were honoured to be chosen to support what is a landmark project for Kenya’s emerging oil industry, and for the country as a whole.

“This important scheme has enabled us to demonstrate our capabilities in executing a full project scope, including engineering, procurement, construction and pre-commissioning as well as the operation and maintenance of the facilities. These have all been undertaken successfully despite challenges due to the conditions, location and human resources available.”

“Although we have worked in East Africa before, this is our first project in Kenya. Our success in supporting the EOPS represents a springboard for us to market our strong EPF capabilities elsewhere in other countries on the continent.”

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