Tullow suspends Paipai-1 exploration

jack  Paul Lowry1The well has been temporarily suspended pending agreement on future evaluation options. (Image source: Paul Lowry1/Flickr)Tullow Oil has suspended the Paipai-1 exploration well following unsuccessful tests on initial fluids

The well, located in the Marsabit County Block 10A had been drilled to a total depth of 4,255 metres, but no oil was confirmed.

Tullow said in a press statement, “Several attempts to sample the initial reservoir fluids were unsuccessful and the hydrocarbons encountered whilst drilling were not recovered to surface.”

The oil giant added that it had initially encountered light hydrocarbon shows while drilling a 55 metre thick gross sandstone interval, but the sandstone was overlain by a 200 metre thick source rock forming an effective regional top seal.

The company statement revealed, “The well has consequently been temporarily suspended pending agreement on future evaluation options.”

Tullow has a 50 per cent operated interest in the Paipai-1 well, Block 10A. Africa Oil holds 30 per cent and Afren holds the remaining 20 per cent.

Tullow Oil exploration director Angus McCoss said, “We will now carefully evaluate all the data and review the available technical options, which include possible flow testing and reservoir stimulation.

“From a frontier exploration perspective, we can already conclude that this part of the Anza Basin has the makings of a viable cretaceous hydrocarbon play. Consequently, we will also be reviewing the follow-up cretaceous prospects.”

Tullow will now move the rig to the South Lokichar Basin in Block 10BB and drill the Etuko prospect in the undrilled basin flank play. The move will take approximately three months.

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