GDC, National Oil to offer joint oil and gas drilling services

Geothermal Development Company (GDC) and National Oil Corporation of Kenya have entered into an agreement to offer joint oil and gas drilling services in Kenya and the region.

The partnership is the first of its kind in the country and will see the two state agencies jointly bid and undertake drilling activities by leveraging on their individual and collective technical expertise.

“As GDC, we are excited to be entering into this agreement with National Oil. This strategic partnership presents a unique opportunity for GDC’s ongoing efforts to optimize its assets in revenue generation,” said Eng. Ole Nchoe, GDC’s Managing Director and CEO.

On her part, National Oil’s acting chief executive officer Ms. MaryJane Mwangi noted that Kenya’s emerging petroleum sector provides vast opportunities in oil and gas drilling.

“The future of oil and gas exploration and production in our country and the region is very promising. Recent oil and gas discoveries in Kenya and Uganda have made the East African region attractive for companies that offer drilling services. This is the opportunity that the National Oil-GDC partnership seeks to exploit,” said MaryJane.

In the memorandum of understanding, GDC will offer National Oil drilling equipment as well as related specialized drilling services. Specifically, GDC will provide National Oil with one deep-drilling rig and personnel. Other aspects of the agreement include capacity building, provision of support services, sharing of equipment and facilities, joint tendering for consultancy and technical services, as well as information and knowledge exchange.

The partnership has been entered into in line with the Kenya government’s approach of deriving utmost value from the emerging oil and gas subsector and will be administered by a committee comprising of representatives from the two state corporations.