The National Oil Corporation of Kenya has commissioned and handed over key community sustainability projects in Block 14T (Magadi Sub-basin) .
The Corporation has been undertaking oil exploration activities within the southern part of the Block 14T that stretches from Kajiado, Narok all the way to Nakuru and Baringo counties.
They commissioned and handed over a modern girl’s dormitory installed with forty (40) double decker beds and complete with an ablution block to Oloika Secondary School. The school is situated in Shompole and is the beneficiary of Shompole Group Ranch community sustainability projects that the Corporation has undertaken in fulfilment of the promise to the community.
Chief Executive Officer Mr. Leparan Morintat, had this to say, “The Shompole group ranch whose leadership is here with us today has given us the license to operate in this area. On behalf of the Corporation I am delighted that today the girls will have a modern, decent and safe place to sleep. This Dormitory will definitely give them a better opportunity to study and excel in their studies.”
The CEO also handed over 150 desks to the Olkiramatian Arid Zone School situated in
Olkiramatian Group Ranch within block 14T. “The desks that we are giving out today is the fulfilment of the promise we made to Olkiramatian Group Ranch last year.
The Magadi Sub basin occupies Shompole Group Ranch, Olkiramatian Group Ranch, Musenke Community land and a few private ranches.
The Corporation has in the past undertaken other sustainability projects including the drilling and equipping of two boreholes at Pakase and Olkiramatian, initiation of Musenke Irrigation Project supporting 800 households, the rehabilitation of Olkiramatian Cattle dip, and installation of dormitory beds & provision of 300 desks and chairs for Olkiramatian Arid Zone Primary School amongst other initiatives.
Last year, the National Oil Corporation concluded conducting Magnenotelluric (MT) exercise on the Magadi sub-basin aimed at gathering more data as the Corporation seeks to beef up its data on the block to in aid in the identification of drill-able prospects in the block.
The Corporation is also undertaking further studies for data acquisition to help market the block to a potential farm-in partners. The completion of the projects have greatly improved the Corporation’s relationship with the communities living within the block.