In the KVDA area, previous work by exploration companies and the ministry of energy has identified an area of petroleum potential in Turkana county. The area is considered to be an extension of sedimentary basins covering southern Sudan where vast reserves of unusual paraffin-rich variety of petroleum were discovered. Further explorations should therefore be carried out to find out its potential for mining.
Petroleum accounts for 22% of the total primary energy consumed in Kenya. Until recently, Kenya had no known commercial reserves of petroleum. However, in the year 2012, Tullow Oil Exploration Company discovered the oil deposits at a location named Ngamia 1 on July 2012 and the company has been working to expand the exploration in Turkana South after it discovered more deposits within the region. It is working on Blocks 10A, 10BB, 10BA, 13T and 12B.