Kenya Oil And Gas Profile
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  • Petroleum Exploration in Kenya begun in the 1950’s with the first well being drilled in 1960. British Petroleum (BP) and Shell began exploring in Kenya in 1954 in the Lamu Embayment where they drilled ten wells. None of the wells were fully evaluated or completed for production despite several indications of oil staining and untested zones with gas shows.


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  • The Petroleum Energy Department is responsible for Evaluation of Terms for either a Production Sharing Contract (PSC) or Non-Exclusive Exploration Permit.


  • Kenya’s Petroleum potential is best depicted by the four large sized sedimentary basins that straddle the Country. These are Lamu, Anza, Mandera, and Tertiary Rift basins.

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  • Vanoil's Kenyan oil and gas assets consist of two Blocks in Eastern Kenya,secured by a production sharing contracts signed in October, 2007 Blocks 3A and 3B total 24,912 square kilometers and are located at a confluence of three sedimentary basins (Anza, Mochesa and Lamu) within Kenya, with one basin the Anza having some evidence of a working Cretaceous petroleum zone.
  • Vanoil holds six blocks in Kenya: Blocks 9, 10A, 10BB, 10BA, 12A and 13T

Crude Oils

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  • There are no LNG terminals


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