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Kenya exports its first crude oil

Hudheifa Aden

BBC Africa Money Daily, Mombasa

Kipevu oil Terminal in Mombasa Port, Kenya
Kenya hopes to be at full oil production by 2024

Kenya has exported its first batch of oil as President Uhuru Kenyatta flagged off the crude shipment from the port of Mombasa on Monday morning.

It is being described as a historic day and an important step on the way to the full exploration and development of oil in the East African nation.

This is an experimental phase to test the country’s crude oil before full production and exportation begins in around 2024.

A brass band at Mombasa port, Kenya
A brass band formed part of the official ceremony

The country is expected to earn $84m (£69m) over the next two years.

UK-based Chinese company ChemChina UK Ltd won the bid to buy the first batch of 240,000 barrels under the Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS).

Oil bids were received from firms in Asia and Europe, but the joint oil production consortium, led by explorer Tullow Oil, awarded the contract to ChemChina.

The crude was transported 850km (528 miles) by road from the country’s north-western oil fields in Turkana to Mombasa.

Kenya currently does not have an oil pipeline in place.

A plan to build a joint pipeline with Uganda failed after Kampala opted to partner with Tanzania.

Tullow estimates that Kenya’s fields in Turkana hold up to 560 million barrels of oil and expects to produce up to 100,000 barrels per day from 2022.

President Uhuru Kenyatta (C) and other dignitaries at the flagging-off ceremony
It was a red carpet affair with President Uhuru Kenyatta at the centre of the gathered dignitaries

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It takes place once every three years and Professor Motoki Takahashi, from Kyoto University, an expert in Japanese economic links to Africa, tells the BBC's Russell Padmore the conferences have a record of success.

(Picture: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Copyright: Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images)