10 August 2011 – Total is about to join the scramble for oil in Kenya. It has opened tentative talks with Kenya’s government over exploration.
The French major has shown an early interest in one block in the East African country, according to news wire Dow Jones.
It is unclear from the report, however, if Total is eyeing acreage onshore or offshore in Kenya.
The report cited Kenyan petroleum official, Martin Heya, as saying Total Kenya Limited was in contact with the government in May with regards to acreage.
It is believed that the government will finish survey work before opening any negotiation with the oil supermajor.
Kenya represents a new frontier in oil and gas exploration as the country does not currently produce any oil.