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Kenya pins domestic gas hopes on Pate field

With Africa Oil leaving Block 9, the Pate field is Kenya’s last hope for developing its domestic gas resources With Africa Oil leaving Block 9, the Pate field is Kenya’s last hope for developing its domestic gas resources.
By Leigh Elston 19 September 2018 Middle East & Africa / Exploration & Production 0 32599
A drilling rig in Kenya. (Tullow Oil)

Kenya had grand plans to develop its gas. But with the Sala discovery failing to live up to expectations, all hopes for domestic development now lie in the Pate field and an alternative LNG strategy.

Canada’s Africa Oil Corp. announced in its Q2 results in late August that it had relinquished Block 9 – the location of Sala, which was discovered in 2014. Gas from the block had been intended to feed a 500 MW power station in Wajir. Africa Oil’s partner, UK...