Kenya’s oil patch key to infrastructure projects

By: | Issue #633 | at 07:26 AM | Channel(s): Projects  Maritime  Energy  

Kenya pushes oil exploration to uplift economy but the country urgently needs infrastructure expansion.

There are clear signs at Kenya’s coastal port of Mombasa to indicate that the Kenyan Government is aggressively pushing its oil-exploration activities.  One sees all kinds of oil-exploration machinery and equipment being offloaded at Mombasa port.  Indeed, oil exploration can transform Kenya’s economy from, essentially, an agro-based economy to a more industrialized one, generating greater manufacturing activities.

But Kenya urgently needs a viable infrastructure, including a new port, not only to facilitate future oil exports but also to realize its dream of becoming Africa’s shipping hub.

The cabinet of President Uhuru Kenyatta has already given the green signal for the construction of a pipeline from the northern region, where the exploration is being carried out, to Lamu where a second port is being built, for shipping oil out of Kenya. 

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