Tullow Oil’s partners in Kenya licences withdraw from Lokichar oilfield


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Tullow Oil Plc said on Tuesday two minority partners of its licences in Kenya will withdraw from some blocks in the South Lokichar Basin, leaving the London-listed oil and gas explorer as the sole owner of the oilfield.

The West Africa-focused company said the withdrawal from blocks 10BB, 13T and 10BA was due to “differing internal strategic reasons”, and Tullow Oil remains focused on securing a strategic partnership this year.

The two partners in the Kenyan onshore fields – TotalEnergies and Africa Oil Corp (AOI.TO) – who held a 25% stake each in the Lokichar field – withdrew after a longer-than-expected process to find a fourth partner in the project.

Tullow forecast its net capital expenditure for 2023 in Kenya to rise to $15 million from nearly $10 million, comprising less than 5% of the group’s overall capex.

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