Tullow Oil strikes oil onshore Kenya

oilpump kenya-paul lowry flickrTullow Oil operates both oilwells with a 50 per cent interest and Africa Oil carries a 50 per cent non-operated interest. (Image source: Paul Lowry/Flickr)Tullow Oil has announced that oil has been discovered at the Amosing-1 and Ewoi-1 exploration wells in Block 10BB Basin onshore northern Kenya

According to the UK-based company, as a result of the latest success and recently reported discoveries at Ekales-1 and Agete-1, the discovered resources in this basin is estimated to over be 600mn barrels of oil. Tullow Oil said that the overall potential for the basin, which will be fully assessed over the next two years through a significant programme of exploration and appraisal wells, is in excess of one billion barrels of oil.

Angus McCoss, exploration director of Tullow Oil, said, “Exploration results to date from the first basin, amongst a chain of basins, have proven that Tullow Oil’s onshore acreage in northern Kenya has the potential to become a significant new hydrocarbon province.

“The programme of over 20 wells we have planned across our licences over the next twenty four months should materially add to the 600mn barrels of oil discovered to date through a combination of exploration and appraisal. With up to five other analogous basins being tested during this programme, Tullow Oil has the opportunity to increase Kenya’s resources significantly beyond the estimates.”

The Amosing-1 well has intersected net oil pay of between 160 metres and 200 metres, meanwhile the Ewoi-1 well has encountered net oil pay of 20 metres to 80 metres and has continued to de-risk the basin flank play opened up by the Etuko-1 well in 2013, the company said.

Following completion of logging operations, both the wells will be suspended for future flow testing to confirm the net pay counts, it added.

Paul McDade, CEO, Tullow Oil, said, “The results to date are extremely positive for achieving a commercial development from the discoveries made in this basin. We will now be working with the national and county governments with the aim of progressing both the upstream development and the associated export pipeline to project sanction in the period 2015/2016. There is clearly scope for the development to be expanded if there is further exploration success in other basins.”

Tullow Oil operates both Amosing-1 and Ewoi-1 wells with a 50 per cent interest and Africa Oil carries a 50 per cent non-operated interest.

 

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