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Tullow Oil releases local CSR Report

29 May 2014, 09:12

Nairobi - Tullow Oil has released its corporate responsibility report for the year 2013, which shows an increase in its commitment to work with local suppliers.

According to the report, Tullow spent up to $217 million in local suppliers in 2013 which was an increase of 49 percent from the previous year.

Tullow Chairman, Simon Thomson, said that part of the company’s responsibility is to try and create coalitions of interests, making people aware of the opportunities and challenges and building a common vision of the outcomes that Tullow aspires to have.  

“This is why we publish a detailed Corporate Responsibility report every year,” said Thompson.

The report comes months after residents of Turkana County, where Tullow conducts its on-shore operations, protested alleged non-benefits from the oil firm’s operations.

Tullow had been the subject of protests by the Turkana community in November last year leading to a week’s closure of operations.

The company resumed operations in Block 10BB and Block 13T on 8 November 2013 in Northern Kenya following successful dialogue with national and county government and leaders of the local community. The suspension of operations allowed all parties to discuss and understand the complex operating environment in Northern Kenya.

During the period under review, Tullow signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Minister for Energy that laid out a plan for the national government, 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.

Through the MoU, Tullow re-affirmed its commitment to local employment, local opportunities and transparency throughout its operations in Northern Kenya as part of its corporate responsibility. The exploration company pledged that as its exploration campaign progresses and gathers pace, the number of local employees and local companies involved in its work would continue to grow.

With this report, Tullow seems to have lived by its pledges.

“Creating shared prosperity is a never-ending journey. What I want is for Tullow to deliver year-on-year progress that continues to show how seriously we take our responsibilities,” said Tullow Oil Chief Executive Officer, Aidan Heavey.

 – CAJ News

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