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Meeting East Africa's oil expectations in Kenya

The next 12 months will be critical for the region's hydrocarbons play. But as Will Crisp discovers, the challenges ahead extend beyond firming up reserves

There is a certain sense of expectation in Lodwar, a dusty and rapidly expanding oil town in Kenya's Turkana region. Street children sleep in the shadows at the side of the road next to a shabby guest house called The Seed of Hope Hotel. Tribeswomen rest outside a shop called The New Dawn Town Grocer. Over the last two years, Kenyan businessmen, optimistic workers and government security forces have moved into the area en masse - and it's not just Kenya that has turned its attention to this region in the country's northwest. Since oil was discovered in the Turkana region March 2012, multinational oilfield services companies Halliburton and Baker Hughes have moved into the area and Erik Pri

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