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Tullow Kenya B.V is a subsidiary of Tullow Oil Plc, Africa’s leading independent oil & gas exploration and production company.

The Company is in various stages of exploration across its licenses in Kenya.

Tullow Kenya is the operator of several exploration blocks in Kenya, including Blocks 10BA, 10BB and 13T in Turkana County; and Block 12B encompassing Kisumu, Nandi, Kericho, and Homa Bay Counties. From 2011-2015 Tullow Kenya has implemented an exploration and appraisal campaign in these blocks including full tensor gradiometry (FTG) seismic surveys, ground-based seismic surveys and exploration and appraisal drilling. Looking forward, Tullow Kenya is evaluating the feasibility of commercialisation of the discovered resources in Turkana through the design and execution of a development project.

The assessment and management of environmental and social impacts and risks is a core aspect of all our work throughout the entire oil and gas life cycle. Assessment and management of such impacts and risks is:

  • a legal requirement of relevant authorities at national and county levels in Kenya, and;
  • a requirement of the various Tullow Oil environmental and social standards.

Beyond these requirements, Tullow Oil recognises that the assessment and management of the environmental and social impacts and risks associated with our operations is also a fundamental aspect of our relationship with core stakeholders including project-affected communities, civil society and the government. 

Tullow Kenya has created dedicated Environmental & Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) documentation, as shown below, to provide information on environmental and social aspects of Tullow Kenya operations involved in the exploration, appraisal and potential development of discovered resources.

In addition, Tullow has also recently include published the Turkana specific Stakeholder Engagement Framework and the Biodiversity Management Framework, which can be found on the right hand side of this page.

Kenya ESIA documentation

The regulatory requirements set out by the Kenya Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA) 1999 and the Environmental (Impact Assessment and Audit) Regulations, June 2003, define different requirements for environmental impact assessment based on the sector, nature of the project and its likely environmental impacts. Specifically, a project proponent may be required to implement only an Environment Project Report (EPR) study or both an Environment Project Report (EPR) study and a detailed ESIA, the former being a precursor to the latter.

Tullow has developed block-wide Environmental Project Report Study for its’ seismic and drilling activities in Kenya. These documents should be available at the NEMA headquarters in Nairobi and a copy should be held at the respective County NEMA office. Tullow has also elected to disclose these documents through this page on the Group website. 

If you would like more information on the ESIA process and the Kenyan requirements, please download the introductory document.

Foundation Stage Development ESIA Stakeholder Engagement Plan 2019

Block Year Activity Document title Link to document
10BB and 13T 2020 Foundation Stage of South Lokichar Development Draft Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Report of the Foundation Stage of the South Lokichar Development for Upstream Oil Production in South Lockichar PDF
10BB and 13T 2020 Foundation Stage of South Lokichar Development Non-Technical Summary PDF
10BB 2018 EOPS Early Oil Pilot Scheme Phase II - Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Non-Technical Summary: Swahili PDF
10BB 2018 EOPS Early Oil Pilot Scheme Phase II – Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Non-Technical Summary PDF
10BB 2018 EOPS Early Oil Pilot Scheme Phase II – Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Volume 1 PDF
10BB 2018 EOPS Early Oil Pilot Scheme Phase II – Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Volume 2 PDF
10A 2008 2D seismic Project report for environmental impact assessment of the proposed oil and gas exploration in block 10A, northern Kenya for Lundin Kenya b.v. PDF
10A 2011 Drilling Environmental Impact Assessment Project report for proposed exploratory oil and natural gas well drilling programme in block 10A: parts of Marsabit North (Chalbi) andLoyangalani districts by Tullow Kenya b.v PDF
10A 2012 Airstrip Environmental Impact Assessment Project Report of the proposed aerodrome near Paipai basecamp, Block 10a, Marsabit North district PDF
10BA 2011 2D seismic Environmental Impact Assessment Project Report for the proposed oil and gas seismic survey project in Block 10BA: Turkana Central, Turkana North, Loyangalani and North Horr districts by Tullow Kenya b.v. PDF
10BA 2014 Drilling Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Project Report the proposed exploratory oil well drilling in Block 10BA, Turkana Central and North districts by Tullow September 2013 for Kenya b.v. PDF
10BB 2009 2D seismic Environmental Impact Assessment Project Report for proposed exploratory oil and natural gas well drilling programme in Block 10BB: Turkana South and Turkana Central PDF
10BB 2013 3D seismic Environmental Impact Assessment Project Report for the proposed 3D seismic survey in Block 10BB by Tullow Kenya b.v. PDF
10BB 2011 Drilling Environmental Impact Assessment Project Report of the proposed exploratory well drilling in Block 10BB, Turkana South and Turkana Central districts by Africa oil Kenya b.v. PDF
10BB 2015 Amosing EWT Extended well testing – Amosing 1 Environment Project Report Study PDF
10BB 2015 Ngamia EWT Extended well testing – Ngamia D Environment Project Report study PDF
13T 2011 2D seismic Environmental Impact Assessment Project Report for proposed oil and gas seismic project in Block 13T: parts of Central Pokot, Loima, Turkana Central, and Turkana South districts by Tullow Kenya b.v. PDF
13T 2013 3D seismic Environmental Impact Assessment Project Report for proposed 3D seismic survey for Block 13T: parts of Central Pokot, Loima, Turkana Central, and Turkana South districts by Tullow Kenya b.v. PDF
13T 2012 Drilling Environmental Impact Assessment Project Report for proposed exploratory oil and natural gas wells drilling programme in Block 13T, Turkana county, Kenya, by Tullow Kenya b.v. PDF
13T 2015 Kapese ISB Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Project Report for the proposed Kapese integrated support base in Lokichar, Turkana county PDF
12A 2011 2D seismic Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Project Report for proposed oil and gas seismic project in Block 12A: parts of Turkana East, East Pokot, Marakwet West, Baringo Ventral, Marigat, Keiyo South, Baringo North, Mogotio and Samburu districts by Tullow Kenya b.v. PDF
12A 2015 Drilling Environmental and Social Impact Assessment report for proposed drilling in Block 12A, onshore Kenya PDF
12B 2013 2D seismic Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Project Report for the proposed 2D seismic survey in block 12B by Tullow Kenya b.v. PDF