Tullow announced Monday that it has temporarily suspended all operations as a precautionary measure in Block 10BB and Block 13T in Northern Kenya.
This decision follows demonstrations by local people regarding concerns around employment.
The decision to suspend exploration and appraisal operations was taken to prevent further escalation of the demonstrations while discussions to resolve this issue for the long term are ongoing.
Tullow is working closely with the local communities, the local government and the national government so that the company can resume work on Blocks 10BB and 13T as soon as possible.
The company currently employs over 800 people from the Turkana region out of the 1,400 people currently employed on Tullow’s Kenyan operations.