Kenya steps up oil exploration

May 22, 2001 02:00 AM

Oil exploration has been intensified, the Kenyan government said. Dr Francis Masakhalia, the Minister for Energy, said the government had concluded several agreements for petroleum exploration with oil firms. Dr Masakhalia, who was speaking to a Russian delegation at his office in Nairobi, said an area covering 360,000 sq km had been identified as having petroleum potential.
He invited Russian business-people to invest in oil exploration in Mandera and the Tertiary Rift basin, which he said had been found to have very high potential. He told the Russians who were interested in setting up nuclear power stations in the country that demand was too low to justify nuclear power generation.

Kenya's potential lay in renewable energy, in solar, wind and natural gas, he added. He also invited the Russians to invest in the planned construction of 3,000 km power transmission line to connect Kenya to the South African power pool, and in the extension of the oil pipeline from Eldoret into Uganda.

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