Here’s all you need to know about Kenya’s first consignment of crude oil worth $120 million currently in high seas heading to international market

A Kenyan Ports Authority worker releases the oil tanker Celsius Riga to sail off with over 200,000 barrels of Kenya's first oil export, from the port of Mombasa, Kenya August 26, 2019.
  • The inaugural shipment of the crude oil makes Kenya the first country in the region to become an oil exporting nation.
  • Kenya is using this initial export to test the global market before it embarks on large scale commercial production of its oil.
  • The Celsius Riga, the ship carrying the Kenyan crude oil left the Mombasa Port for Malaysia shortly after midday.

On Monday, Kenya officially joined petroleum exporting countries after it flagged off its first consignment of crude oil in a colourful ceremony witnessed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The inaugural shipment of the crude oil makes Kenya the first country in the region to become an oil exporting nation.

“I am proud to say Kenya’s grand march to oil and gas production and export has begun. The flagging-off of this maiden consignment represents a new dawn for Kenya; and the beginning of an era of greater prosperity for all Kenyans,” President Kenyatta said at Mombasa.

The consignment of 200,000 barrels of low sulphur crude from Kenya's oil fields in Turkana County, bought by United Kingdom based ChemChina UK, is worth Sh1.2 billion ($120 million), a price much higher than what was initially projected.

The Celsius Riga, the ship carrying the Kenyan crude oil left the Mombasa Port for Malaysia shortly after midday.

Kenya is using this initial export to test the global market before it embarks on large scale commercial production of its oil.

Kenya’s Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS) commenced in June 2018 marking the beginning of the journey towards full development of Kenya’s oil and gas resources.

At the same event, President Kenyatta also congratulated 136 Kenyans who have gained employment as seafarers on several ships owned by the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).

The 136 seafarers are part of a contingent of 275 Kenyans who have so far gained employment as part of ongoing government efforts to position the blue economy sector as a key economic driver.

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