Upstream Operations in Kenya: Changes under the Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Act, 2017

Although a burgeoning field, Kenya’s petroleum sector remains a lucrative market with a buoyant future that can strategically position Kenya in the global oil market.  Being a commercially viable prospect, and with the Government keen on leveraging this potential, a number of key policies and legislation have been put in place to  realise this objective.  These include Vision 2030 that recognises the petroleum sector as a key catalyst in attaining middle-income status, the Constitution of Kenya that guarantees revenue sharing between the government and local communities, the newly enacted Energy Act 2017 which covers downstream and midstream petroleum operations, and the newly enacted Petroleum (Exploration, Development and Production) Act of 2017 (New Act) which governs upstream petroleum operations.

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