The Kenyan Government has entered an agreement with the American-owned Burmah Oil Company to extend oil exploration in kenya.
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MR. OMAMO (KENYAN MINISTER):
"The fact that our friends are in Kenya at this moment is important in another sense: That the whole world now is facing an energy crisis. And if through the grace of God was to find gas or oil I'm sure not only Africa but the whole world will feel happy about it. I would like to request the representative of the company to say a few words because actually it is they who know what is in the pot."
MR. WEST (OIL COMPANY REPRESENTATIVE:
"I join with the Minister in hoping...The conditions overlap...we also are very keen obviously to find hydro carbon in our area. Whether we will do so is in the lap of the Gods. We hope we will find geological conditions suitable for hydro carbons and eventually find them. It's early days yet but we are certainly hopeful."
Mr. Omamo starts speaking at 2 feet, and his voice should be held under until 10 feet, to allow for the introductory commentary.
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Background: The Kenyan Government has entered an agreement with the American-owned Burmah Oil Company to extend oil exploration in kenya.
The agreement was signed in the capital, Nairobi, on Friday (December 7) by kenya's Minister for Natural Resources, Mr. William Omamo, and a Burmah Oil representative, Mr. M.F. West.
The agreement provides for further exploration in an area of 21,000 square kilometres (8,000 square miles) in North-East kenya.
The area was formerly held under licence by Adobe International Incorporated. But under the new agreement, Kenya Cities Service Incorporated, and Petrola (kenya) Limited, also have interests in the area, with Burmah Oil carrying out exploration for the group.
Burmah Oil will begin a geological survey of the area within the next few months Exploration so far has included aeromagnetic, gravity and photogeological surveys.
Mr. Omamo said the discovery of deposits of oil or natural gas in Kenya would be welcomed by the whole world, in the light of the energy crisis created by the Arab oil embargo.
A transcript of the statements by Mr. Omamo and Mr. West follow: