The Kenya Oil and Gas association will in the coming months sit with government in workshops to enhance the understanding of operator challenges in the country.
Through greater understanding the association says the government and ministry of energy can help improve the effectiveness of operators and overall efficiency in the sector.
According to KOGA chairperson Gurjeet Phull Jenkins this is part of the objectives for forming the association that was officially launched last month which include using the association as a platform to discuss matters affecting the industry at a whole with relevant stakeholders.
Among major issues that the association wants addressed include taxation, complications with importation especially of drilling materials, onshore security mobilization and support, expected management gaps and delays with customs and vessel management.
KOGA also wants to be involved in the review of policy and regulations governing the sector and has already submitted proposals and comments on the national energy policy and energy bill.
The association currently has 15 members including Anadarko Kenya (Chair), Total Kenya, Africa Oil, BG Kenya, Flow energy, Dominion Petroleum, East Africa Exploration Kenya limited, Tullow Kenya and Zarara Oil and Gas who are the nine original founding members.
Others include the National Oil Corporation of Kenya, CAMAC Energy, Taipan Resources, Rift EnergyPacific Seaboard Investments and Eni Kenya.