Tullow to step up oil exploration in Kenya in 2013

oil  marianne muegenburg cothernTullow has revealed that it plans to carry 11 explorations in Kenya and Ethiopia in 2013. (Image source: marianne muegenburg cothern/Flickr)UK-based oil company Tullow Oil has said it has plans to step up exploration activity in Kenya in 2013

The company said it has accomplished much in 2012 and established Kenya as a new oil nation with two frontier discoveries at Ngamia-1 and Twiga South-1.

Tullow chief executive Aidan Heavey said, “We have had significant exploration success in establishing Kenya as a new hydrocarbon province and continued to add to and mature our exploration portfolio in the country.”

The oil firm revealed that it now has plans to carry out 11 further explorations in Kenya and Ethiopia in 2013.

Tullow informed that the planned exploration and appraisal wells include the “high risk Paipai-1 wildcat in Block 10A, which is currently in the top seal of the main objective at a depth of 3,850 metres”.

The oil giant has also started a testing programme at Twiga South-1 in Kenya to build up knowledge of the natural variance in reservoir performance.

Tullow added, “Test flow rates are not expected to exceed 500bpd per interval due to limits of the test equipment, reservoir energy and reservoir quality.”

To date, five tests have been planned by the company in 2013, with three in the Upper Lokhone reservoir. Operations will also include drilling Etuko-1 well on what was formerly known as the Kamba prospect, and flow testing Ngamia-1.

Tullow said the discoveries, its successful exploration in Uganda, and recent major offshore gas discoveries by its industry peers have established East Africa “as an exciting new energy region”.

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