Anadarko to drill for oil in Kenya

Anadarko Kenya offshore wellsAnadarko’s other projects include drilling offshore Mozambique. (Image source: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation)Anadarko Petroleum has announced it will begin exploration in Kenya, with plans to drill two offshore wells

Patrick Nyoike, Kenya’s secretary of energy, revealed that the two wells, known as the Kiboko prospect in block L11B and the Kubwa prospect in block L7, will be drilled consecutively by Anadarko.

The wells, drilling of which is set to commence in December 2012, are predicted to cost approximately US$140mn each, Reuters claimed.

“We are now preparing them to start the drilling. I guess next year... I'll be talking about billions of barrels discovered in Kenya,” Nyoike said.

Following several high-profile discoveries, including Kenya's second ever oil find by partners Tullow Oil and Africa Oil, East Africa has been at the centre of oil and gas exploration in 2012.

According to Nyoike, Anadarko is scheduled to begin drilling on 13 December 2012 but is yet to decide which well will be bored first.

The company is the operator of blocks L7 and L11B, holding 45 per cent of the licences in each. Meanwhile, Total has a 40 per cent stake, with Cove Energy holding the remainder.

Although Anadarko made significant gas discoveries offshore Mozambique in early 2012, the Kiboko and Kubwa prospects will be the company’s first wells in Kenya.

Anadarko said it hopes to find oil, rather than gas, because it is cheaper and easier to produce. The US-based company has three further blocks offshore but has not yet determined when it will drill wells within that acreage.

Energy officials expect exploration of at least a dozen more wells in the next 12 months onshore and offshore Kenya.

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