Canadian oil and gas firm Africa Oil has reported on the application for a judicial review of the administrative process that resulted in the issuance of exploration permits for, amongst others, Blocks 10BB, 12A and 13T in Kenya.

The application was made by Interstate Petroleum against the permanent secretary, Ministry for Energy in Kenya and included the company as an interested party.

The High Court in Kitale, Kenya, heard the submissions of the parties on 16 November 2010 and will issue a final ruling on the case on 16 December 2010.

In the interim, the stay order that had initially been imposed on operations under the exploration permits was lifted.

Africa Oil president Keith Hill said that the company had requested an early resolution of the matter and are extremely optimistic that the 16 December ruling will dismiss Interstate’s application.