The National Oil Corporation has said it has received and is currently reviewing the preliminary report on the gas emission which occurred during the drilling of a borehole in Kipeto, Kajiado County on 28th September 2017. National Oil had, following the reports of this gas emission, dispatched a team of Geoscientists who together with SGS, a global inspection, verification and testing company contracted by the Corporation, collected and analyzed samples of the gas.
The report follows the assurance by the Principal Secretary State Department of Petroleum Mr. Andrew Kamau, who during a visit to the site of the gas emission, assured the residents that the Ministry will put all efforts to ensure that the analysis of the gas is conclusively done, and information shared with the Kajiado County Government.
“National Oil is also arranging for shipment of some more samples to other internationally accredited geochemical laboratories it collaborates with, for purposes of undertaking isotope analysis to determine the source of the gas. Such facilities are currently unavailable locally, however National Oil is in the process of setting up a specialized laboratory that will allow us to conduct such tests and other more complex analyses,” said the National Oil Corporation CEO, Ms MaryJane Mwangi.
The Corporation and the Kajiado County Government have in the meantime secured the area where the gas emission occurred and advised the residents to avoid speculating on the gas and its origin, until proper analysis has been concluded.
National Oil’s Upstream activities involve participation in oil and gas exploration in the country. The company is also tasked with helping to market Kenya’s exploration acreage, management of the national hydrocarbon data, management of the National Geochemical and Petrophysical Laboratory among other attendant responsibilities.