UK oil and gas firm BG Group has discovered oil at the Sunbird-1 well, off Kenya's Lamu coast
Sunbird-1 was drilled by Deepsea Metro 1 rig in the offshore exploration area L10A. The oil column is 14 metres thick, and lies beneath a column of gas, which is 29.6 metres.
BG Group is working with PTT Exploration, Public Company Ltd and Pancontinental Oil and Gas NL, according to reports.
Barry Rushworth, CEO of Pancontinental, said, “The Sunbird-1 oil is the first-ever discovery offshore Kenya. It is the only offshore oil column ever reported seaward of the eastern coastal margin of Africa, from South Africa to northwest tip of Somalia."
The L10A exploration area is owned by the three firms – BG Group owns 50 per cent, Pancontinental 18.75 per cent and PTT Exploration 31.25 per cent.
According to Rushworth, these results are the first proof of the presence of oil offshore Kenya and BG as the operator of block L10A has decided to analyse the well data, to recommend an exploration programme soon.
Earlier, Tullow Oil Plc and Africa Oil Corporation discovered 600,000mn barrels of oil in the South Lokichar Basin, northwestern Kenya and production will start in 2018 if the government approves field development plans, stated reports.