Luapula and Northern Provinces are earmarked for oil exploration over a period of ten years by a London based Tullow Oil Plc.
Tullow Zambia BV Country Manager Sixtus Mulenga disclosed this during a Senior Management meeting held in the Provincial Administration Conference Room in Mansa.
Dr. Mulenga revealed that the oil block for exploration covers an expanse of a huge area starting from Mwense, Kawambwa through to Chienge in Luapula Province and extends to Mporokoso, the whole of Lake Mweru, Mweru Wantipa, Lake Tanganyika, Nsumbu, Kaputa and Nsama Districts of Northern Province.
Dr. Mulenga said the exploration will cover a huge area and has already been granted a ten year exploration licence under the Zambia Petroleum Act.
The Tullow Zambia Country Manager said the exploration will need key stakeholder engagement which will include geologists and the local people.
He disclosed that the main Zambian Office will be in Mansa for easy communication but the Camp or field Office will be situated in the bush area of Nchelenge District which will be more central to the distances which the oil block covers.
Dr. Mulenga said Tullow Oil Plc has an excellent track record and made oil exploration in Ghana and made Ghana an oil exporting country.
He said the Company was instrumental in the exploration of oil in Uganda and Kenya for the two countries to discover that they had oil deposits within their borders.
And Tullow Oil Plc Safety, Sustainability and External Affairs Manager New Venture Operations David Newton said the exploration exercise will require the involvement of local people.
The London based David Newton said his initial visit in the two regions will take him seven to ten days and would like to ensure that expectations are managed well from day one because exploration is a long process and sometimes may not guarantee the expected results.
He added that his Company believes in transparency and truthfulness in all its dealings and has a good international reputation to protect in the details of its conduct.
And Luapula Permanent Secretary Buleti Nsemukila said Tullow Oil Plc is in the Province for consultations with key stakeholders like Senior Managers of Institutions as part of the process of their programme of activities.