Kenya has created an additional 17 oil and gas exploration blocks and will put them up for auction in 2017, according to reports in the Kenyan press.
The additional blocks will bring the total number of oil and gas exploration blocks in the East African country to 63.
East Africa has emerged as one of the prime areas for exploration and production firms looking to uncover new reserves.
"We constituted all the blocks and the country now has 63 blocks .... We now have 17 blocks to license,” Martin Heya, the ministry's commissioner for Petroleum Energy, told journalists in Kenya.
Kenya has also begun the process of seeking out EPC firms to build an export pipeline in the north of the country.
Recent discoveries in Kenya’s block 10BB and 13T have yielded reserves in excess of 360 million barrels.