Energy Minister, Irene Muloni, says four companies had submitted bids from the project, but two of them were dropped. She declined to reveal the names of the shortlisted companies, saying they will announce the winner by the end of June.
Energy Minister Eng Irene Muloni says 40 companies expressed interest in the refinery after Russian consortium Rostec Global Resources pulled out. She explains that eight out of the 40 companies have been engaged and that three of the eight could be selected to take up the refinery work.
Francis Elungant, an official from the Energy and Mineral Development Ministry says, whereas government had considered looking for land on a case by case basis for the oil refinery affected persons, the plan changed when the number of those who opted for relocation increased from 27 in 2012 to 93 currently.
The commitment comes amidst public outcry on the rights of the people affected by the refinery. African Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO), a civil society organization today released a press statement urging parliament to observe the rights of these people before their situation worsens.
The government of Kenya has announced plans to replace its aging oil pipeline. Two years ago, the Mombasa-Nairobi oil pipeline was at the centre of wide publicity when an oil spill caused an explosion at the densely populated Sinai slum killing over 70 people and injuring several others.
Residents and local leaders of Kabale parish in Buseruka Sub county Hoima district are demanding that their land be surveyed and titles offered before compensation is made. The area forms part of the proposed site for the oil refinery construction.