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Petroleum Function

The Function is charged with coordination of the upstream petroleum operations (oil and gas exploration and production among others) and Mid/Downstream petroleum operations (transportation, marketing and distribution of products derived from crude oil and natural gas among others).


The Petroleum Function is headed by Commissioner for Petroleum Mr. James M. Ng’ang’a. The Function is charged with the following: -

  1. Development and review of policies, legal and regulatory framework for spearheading upstream and mid/downstream petroleum operations;
  2. Developing and reviewing fiscal and contractual terms for oil and gas;
  3. Assessment of Oil and Gas Potential in Kenya’s Exploration Blocks;
  4. Ensuring the security of supply of petroleum products;
  5. Monitoring the implementation of agreed solutions on short, mid and long term downstream petroleum challenges identified by Stakeholders;
  6. Gazettement of Open Tender System (OTS) terms and conditions;
  7. Negotiation and the regulation of Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs);
  8. Advising on change of administration in active Production Sharing Contracts;
  9. Capacity development in the areas of Petroleum Geosciences, Petroleum Engineering, Petroleum Economics, Petroleum Accounting,
  10. Petroleum Resource Appraisal & Management and Procurement techniques;
  11. Enforcement of Environmental Protection and Management regulations in liaison with National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA);
  12. Ensuring build-up of local content capacity in line with national policy goals;
  13. Development and updating of an oil & gas master plan for exploration, development, production and marketing of the produced oil & gas;
  14. Development and review of modalities and strategies for licensing of blocks in bid rounds and custodian of all signed PSCs;
  15. Promoting and facilitating investment opportunities for oil and gas; and
  16. Undertake research and development to enhance capacity in the Petroleum Sector as provided for in the Petroleum Policy and also Petroleum Act, 2019.