Kenya to auction six hydrocarbon blocks by end-2012

Kenya will auction six exploration blocks by the end of this year, Energy Minister Kiratu Murungi said at a conference here on Monday.

Kenya will auction six exploration blocks by the end of this year, Energy Minister Kiratu Murungi said at a conference here on Monday.

Kenya said in July it planned to map out new oil blocks for licensing after two firms gave up portions of acreage under exploration licences. .

The country and its neighbours in east Africa, as well as the Horn of the continent, have become a hot spot for oil and gas exploration in recent years, spurred by new finds in countries including Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique.

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