In Summary
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta said Sunday that Kenya would use the Lamu Port to export crude from the Turkana oil fields, dimming plans of building a refinery at the facility.
  • Mr Kenyatta said Kenya’s oil would be exported in form of crude.
  • The government had earlier announced plans to build an oil processing facility following assessments that the country’s crude oil deposits were insufficient to justify the construction of a refinery.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said Sunday that Kenya would use the Lamu Port to export crude from the Turkana oil fields, dimming plans of building a refinery at the facility.

Mr Kenyatta said Kenya’s oil would be exported in form of crude. The government had earlier announced plans to build an oil processing facility following assessments that the country’s crude oil deposits were insufficient to justify the construction of a refinery.

“Lamu will play host to the newest port on the East African coast, which will begin its operations initially as a transshipment hub for global shipping lines,” said Mr Kenyatta while addressing the nation during Mashujaa Day celebrations in Mombasa.

"It will be supported by a special economic zone that is expected to attract investors from across the world to undertake various economic activities and create jobs for our people," he added.

"Our aspiration is to link the Lamu port, to the Lamu Port, South Sudan, Ethiopia, transport corridor through road infrastructure. Our aim being to make the Lamu the port of choice for transshipment, export of goods through the EPZ as well as exports of Kenya’s crude oil."

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