Tullow plans second Kenya well after first hits rock

Image source: Tullow Oil.Image source: Tullow Oil.Tullow Oil has suspended drilling in north-western Kenya after hitting a geological formation and will spud a second well if a solution cannot be found

Martin Mbogo, Tullow's country manager for Kenya, said that the company had hit the formation with the Ngamia-1 well having reached around 2,300 metres of its 2,700 metre target.

If it cannot continue drilling at the current site, Tullow will appraise the contents of the well and move the drilling rig west to spud another well, Reuters quoted Tullow as saying.

The next well, called Twiga-1, would be drilled 30km west of Ngamia-1.

It is still too early to discuss whether the well will lead to oil production in Kenya according to Mbogo, who would not be drawn on what the company would consider to be a commercially viable amount of oil.

"It depends a lot on the price of oil and infrastructure in place," he said.

"We will release an operational update as soon as some tests are done, in about two weeks.”

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