Tullow spuds Kenyan Paipai Well

Image source: Tullow Oil.Image source: Tullow Oil.Africa Oil has spudded the Paipai-1 exploration well in onshore Block 10A, Kenya

The well will be drilled to a total depth of 4,112 m and will test Cretaceous and Jurassic sandstone targets.

Africa Oil holds a 30 per cent working interest in the block, while the well is operated by Tullow Oil which holds a 50 per cent working interest.

The Paipai-1, which will be drilled using the Sakson PR-5 rig, is targeting prospective resources that have been estimated to total as much as 121mn barrels by the company's independent resource evaluator.

The company and its partner Tullow are also continuing drilling operations at the Twiga South-1 well site in Lokichar sub-basin onshore Block 13T in Kenya.

Results of this well are expected before the end of October.

Tullow are also finalising plans to mobilise the OGEC-75 rig in Ethiopia for an exploration drilling campaign that is set to begin with the Sabisa-1 well in the South Omo Block near the end of this year.

"The Paipai well will test Cretaceous and Jurassic targets in the Anza graben, whose geologic history is comparable and on trend with producing basins of Sudan,” said Keith Hill, president and chief executive officer of Africa Oil.

“Paipai-1 will test a large structural trap in what is considered to be an oil-prone area of the Anza basin.

“Legacy wells have encountered significant oil and gas shows, but newly acquired seismic surveys have helped improve mapping and identify the Paipai prospect as a favourable and potentially high-impact exploration target.

“A discovery at Paipai would extend the producing plays of Sudan into Kenya and open a potentially significant and new petroleum province within Kenya where the company is already implementing an accelerated exploration programme after the Ngamia-1 discovery in the Tertiary Rift Play earlier in the year.

“With plans in place for three drilling rigs to be operational before the end of the year, the company is entering an exciting period of activity with multiple high impact exploration targets expected to be drilled before the end of 2013."

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