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European indignation as Kenya gifts six key oil blocks to China

Two major European oil exploration companies have protested that they are unable to access Kenya, as the country emerges as the latest frontier in the ferocious global battle between Europe and China for oil resources.
The EastAfrican reported on Tuesday that the two European companies, Compania Espanola de Petrolas (Cepsa) of Spain and Sweden's Lundin International, have both lodged complaints with the Kenyan government.

In an unprecedented act of generosity, the government in April gave the state-owned China National Offshore Oil Company Ltd (CNOOC) exclusive rights over a total of six out of 11 available blocks, including the hotly contested Blocks 9 and 10A in the Mandera area.

So dominant has China become in the oil exploration scene in Kenya that CNOOC alone now controls 28% of the total exploration acreage in Kenya.

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