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More gas reserves found in Kenya

09 September 2013, 15:33 Maria Macharia

Nairobi -  Kenya is confident of more natural gas discoveries, following the projections after recent geological surveys in the Coast unearthed deposits of hydrocarbons of natural gas.

The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum Chief Geologist, John Omenge, told local media Kenya had a “fairly good” potential for gas.

There have been discoveries, though of small quantities of natural gas, in a well drilled by a British firm in offshore Lamu.

“The Lamu blocks are an extension of the Tanzanian and Mozambican geological belts and these two countries have found commercially viable deposits of natural gas. It is very likely that there is gas in coastal Kenya,” Omenge said.

Already, countries are benefiting from the estimated 41.7 trillion cubic feet (tcf) belt comprising Mozambique and its northern neighbor, Tanzania.

Omenge said if the gas discovery materialised in Kenya, the three countries could become the world's third largest natural gas exporters.

Preliminary discoveries in Kenya have seen European companies comprising of Britain's BG Group and Norway's Stat Oil expressing interest to invest a $10 billion for the East African liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal.

- CAJ News


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