Abu Dhabi-headquartered AlMansoori Specialized Engineering has delivered its contracted work, which included engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC), for the Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS) in Kenya.
Its $15m (AED56m) contract with Tullow Oil – part of Kenya’s EOPS – included the delivery of degassing facilities for three well pads, plus an early production facility (EPF) for oil and water separation, stabilisation, storage, and export.
These wells are located in Turkana County’s South Lokichar Basin, approximately 563km from Nairobi. AlMansoori designed and manufactured the facilities in Abu Dhabi.
Nabil Alalawi, chief executive officer of AlMansoori, said his team’s scope on the project included engineering, procurement, construction, pre-commissioning, operation, and maintenance for the facilities.
He continued: “These have all been undertaken successfully despite challenges due to the conditions, location and human resources available.
“Although we have worked in East Africa before, this is our first project in Kenya. Our success in supporting the EOPS represents a springboard for us to market our strong EPF capabilities elsewhere in other countries on the continent.”
AlMansoori recruited personnel from the Kenyan community for the project, and also trained and developed local youth to work at the facilities. The firm also employed local fabricators and suppliers to outsource the materials required for the operations.
EOPS is Kenya’s first oil production and export programme, making it the first East African nation to export the resource.
As part of the programme, oil will be transported by road to refineries in Mombassa, with plans in place to construct an 821km pipeline that will spur full production achievement by 2021-22.