Thursday, April 17, 2008


The offshore oil exploration in Northern Kenya by a Chinese company has triggered interest from other international oil companies.The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has been prospecting for oil in Isiolo and Wajir since last year, ending a 16-year exploration lull.

A senior petroleum geologist with the Ministry of Energy, Mr Hudson Adambi said that the Chinese company accepted to underwrite the risks associated with oil exploration by signing six exploration-sharing contracts at once.

Adambi spoke in Isiolo when the Chinese company donated learning materials to local schools. The company handed over two water wells to the residents.Education Minister, Prof Sam Ongeri and Eastern PC, Mr David Jakaiti received the donation of desks, chairs and other learning materials from the Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, Mr Zhang Ming who said the donations were given in the spirit of the Olympic Games.

"I am sure that the donations to the local communities worth Sh6.6 million will definitely bring happiness to the residents," he said.