Kenya’s oil exportation faces high logistics costs as British explorer Tullow Oil reveled that it will take one week to move crude oil from Turkana oil fields to Kenya’s coast of Mombasa for onward exportation.

50 trucks escorted by police will be used to transport the already pumped out and stored 60,000 barrels of crude in Lokichar in the first phase of exportation project.

The trucks will cover a distance of about 1,000 kilometres from the remote Turkana fields to the Coast for storage, pending shipment to overseas markets from June.

“It will take about one week for one truck to do a round-trip from Lokichar in Turkana to the port of Mombasa and back,” Tullow said.

Tullow said it will take up to 60 days to haul the stored 60,000 barrels, using convoys of up to seven trucks daily, equivalent to transportation of 1,000 barrels a day. This is half of the initial targeted volume of 2,000 barrels to be hauled a day. The stored crude stock was produced in 2015 during extended well testing.

Primefuels Ltd has been awarded tender to supply 100 tanktainers, which have special features to keep Turkana’s waxy and sticky oil heated to enable flow into storage tanks at the port. Suppliers of trucks include Kenyan firms Multiple Hauliers (EA) Ltd and Oilfield Movers Ltd with each company providing 25 trucks.