Two parties are in earnest talks to farm in to Tullow Oil’s challenging $3.4 billion South Lokichar oil project in Kenya, according to a senior official at asset partner Africa Oil.

The isolated project in Kenya’s remote Turkana County has been on the backburner for years as the current stakeholders — Tullow, Africa Oil and TotalEnergies — grappled with the economics of a 120,000 barrels per day project that needs an 825-kilometre pipeline to be built to take oil to Lamu port.