According to a government official yesterday, British company Wood Group Plc have been selected by the Kenyan government to design an estimated £1.43 billion ($2m) oil pipeline to pump crude from fields in the north of the country to an Indian Ocean port.
Formed as a lead work company in Lambeth in 1848, Wood has grown to become a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets.
They currently operate in more than 60 countries, employing around 55,000 people, with revenues of around $10 billion.
Wood provide performance-driven solutions throughout the asset life cycle, from concept to decommissioning across a broad range of industrial markets, including the upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas, power & process, environment and infrastructure, clean energy, mining, nuclear, and general industrial sectors.
The Kenyan government had invited engineering design bids for the pipeline in January and according to Andrew Kamau, Principal Secretary at the Petroleum and Mining Ministry, the design work will take eight months.
Kenya’s need for an oil pipeline follows the discovery of commercial oil reserves in its Lokichar basin in 2012. The 500 mile pipeline is expected to be built before production begins in 2021/22.
Fellow British company Tullow Oil is one of the companies operating the Kenyan fields.