Tullow Oil to explore oilwell in Kenya

ORAkenyaTullow Oil stated that it would slash its global exploration budget by US$100mn but added that it would continue focusing on its African business. (Image source: aoenday/Flickr)UK-based oil and gas exploration firm Tullow Oil has announced its plan to drill an oilwell in the Elgeyo-Marakwet County of Kenya this year

Rob Gerrits, social performance manager at Tullow Oil, said, “Before commencement of actual drilling operations, a series of pre-drilling activities will take place including consultations with host communities and their leaders.

“The exploration company will also be seeking regulatory approvals from government agencies including the National Environmental Management Authority before the drilling commences.”

According to Gerrits, the exploration well will test whether there are commercial quantities of hydrocarbons in the area.

"We have conducted seismic surveys and identified a number of leads including the proposed Lekep-A well. Results as well as data collected from this exploration well are expected to provide further information for future drilling programmes,” the manager noted.

Aidan Heavey, CEO of Tullow Oil, revealed that the exploration programme would predominately focus on a number of high-impact and low-cost exploration opportunities in East Africa.

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