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Kenya: Tullow Oil Resumes Operations After Row

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The locals said they were being discriminated in allocation of employment opportunities in the oil exploration works yet they bear the brunt of environmental hazards that come with the oil firm’s works such as air and water pollution.


The embattled oil firm said it took its relationships with the local communities “extremely seriously and the decision to suspend exploration and appraisal operations was taken to prevent further escalation of the demonstrations while discussions to resolve this issue for the long term are ongoing.”


It added: “The Company is fully committed to utilising as many local workers and local services as possible and currently employs over 800 people from the Turkana region out of the 1,400 people currently employed on Tullow’s Kenyan operations.”


According to a statement seen by Chimpreports on Thursday, Tullow says the suspension of operations announced last week “allowed all parties to discuss and understand the complex operating environment in Northern Kenya and commit to taking the necessary action to allow exploration operations to resume.”


It said to further these discussions; it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kenya’s Minister for Energy.


“The MoU clearly lays out a plan for the Government of Kenya, county government, local communities in Northern Kenya and Tullow to work together inclusively over the long-term and to ensure that operations can continue without disruption in the future,” says the firm.


“Through the MoU, Tullow has re-affirmed its commitment to local employment, local opportunities and transparency throughout its operations in Northern Kenya.”


Tullow also notes that as its exploration campaign progresses and gathers pace, the number of local employees and local companies involved in our work will continue to grow.


The oil firm late last year came under fire over unfair and discriminatory conduct reportedly intended to push Ugandan-owned service providers out of the lucrative oil sector.


Parliament’s Natural Resource committee in November said it was aware of “injustices meted out to local suppliers in the oil and gas sector”, which have seen contracts reported to be worth hundreds of millions withdrawn from Ugandan-owned businesses and passed on to foreign firms.


Tullow denied the allegations.

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