Tullow Undertakes More Oil Tests In Kenya


thumb geneva;”>The organization’s Chief Executive Officer (C.EO) Aidan Heavey said Wednesday THAT Tullow’s high impact exploration campaign continues across Kenya and Ethiopia, drug with significant ongoing seismic operations, three active rigs and a further rig contracted to start activities in September 2013.

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“In the remainder of 2013 we plan to acquire 2D and 3D seismic, drill a further seven wells and perform significant testing operations,” he said.

In Kenya, said Heavey, the Paipai-1 well was drilled in March 2013 and encountered light hydrocarbon shows whilst drilling and has been suspended pending agreement on future evaluation options.

He further observed that the testing of the Twiga South-1 discovery was completed in February 2013; a constrained combined rate of 2,812 bopd was achieved and has the potential to be increased to an unconstrained rate of over 5,000 bopd.

“Testing at the Ngamia-1 discovery is still in progress and the first test, from a zone previously considered being non-productive and not included in previous estimates of net pay, flowed at a cumulative rate of 281 bopd,” he added.

Tullow Oil recently discovered huge deposits of oil in Kenya.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has since expressed eagerness in oil production.

He recently said he was looking forward to signing of an education agreement between Kenya and Iraq that will ensure Kenyans acquire the necessary expertise to exploit the country’s recently discovered oil resources.

Kenyatta made the remarks while bidding farewell to outgoing Iraqi Ambassador to Kenya, Dr. Abdel Mustafa Kamil at a brief ceremony at State House, Nairobi in April.

The Iraqi ambassador said his country has a lot of experience in oil engineering and since oil has been discovered in Kenya, the signing of an education agreement will provide a suitable framework for Kenyans to tap into the Iraqi expertise in oil exploitation.

Meanwhile, Heavey said a further five tests are planned over the next month and are expected to lead to an increase in the previous total net pay of 100 metres.

“The test results to date on Twiga South and Ngamia are extremely encouraging for the Lockichar Basin and are important steps towards understanding the commerciality of these discoveries and the overall potential of the basin,” said Heavey.

The next exploration well is Etuko-1, which is expected to spud within the next two weeks.

Heavey stated: “This well is testing the first prospect in the Basin Flank play, and is more centrally located in the basin compared to Ngamia and Twiga South which were drilled along the basin bounding fault. A lighter, more mobile rig has been contracted to start work in September 2013 which will primarily be used to increase drilling efficiency by conducting testing operations and drilling shallow prospects and evaluation wells.”

“The first exploration well in Ethiopia, Sabisa-1 has been drilled to a total depth of 1,810 metres, recording hydrocarbon indications in sands beneath a thick claystone top seal. Due to hole instability issues, a sidetrack will be drilled to enable us to log and sample the zones of interest, with a result expected in late May 2013.”

Seismic activity has included an extensive survey in Block 10BB/North West Block 12A in Kenya and 1,174 km 2D seismic has been acquired over the Chew Bahir basin in the South Omo block in Ethiopia.

According to Heavey, both surveys have identified numerous attractive leads and prospects, some with amplitude anomalies characteristic of hydrocarbons, raising the total prospect and lead count in the acreage to over 120.


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