Oil exploration confirm
well releases first crude supply
oil well releasing 281 barrels of oil a day
REPORT BY XINHUA CORRESPONDENT
oil exploration firm, Tullow Oil said Monday one of
Kenya’s six oil wells has been releasing 281 barrels
of oil a day (bopd) following a drill test it
oil company said the drill test which had been
completed at Ngamia-1 well in Block 10BB proved the
commercial potential of oil reserves in the northern
part of the country.
results from the first flow test at Ngamia are also
very encouraging and prove the first potentially
commercial flow from the Lower Lokhone reservoir
section. The remaining tests in the Auwerwer
reservoir units will give us a fuller indication of
Ngamia’s production potential,” Angus McCoss,
Tullow Oil’s Exploration Director said in a
statement issued in Nairobi.
said the test was carried out in the Lower Lokhone
formation and the well flowed 281 barrels of 30 degree
API oil per day using a Progressive Cavity Pump.
said the remaining five tests will be conducted in the
Auwerwer (formerly Upper Lokhone) sandstones which are
the highest quality reservoirs penetrated in the
Ngamia well and which produced very well in the recent
tests at the Twiga South-1 well.
British oil firm said results of these remaining
Ngamia tests are expected to be announced by early
energy ministry officials have remained optimistic
about possible oil finds following the ongoing
exploration by Tullow, which is also engaged in
activities around the Mandera region.
experts say the semi-arid regions of northern and
north-eastern Kenya, have the curvy rocks, formed
millions of years back, when the region was an ocean.
Ngamia-1 well is located in Block 10BB in Kenya and
the Africa Oil has a 50 percent working interest in
the block along with Tullow which holds the remaining
50 percent interest and operatorship.
mobilization of the drilling rig from Paipai in Block
10A to the Etuko (previously Kamba) location in Block
10BB in Kenya continues on schedule with drilling
expected to commence in the first half of May,” the
and the entire East African region, has witnessed
intensified exploratory activity since 2003, which led
to the discoveries of oil and gas in Uganda and
Tanzania. There is also ongoing exploration in
Oil said it is in final negotiations to secure a
drilling rig for its upcoming Bahasi-1 exploration
well in Block 9 in Kenya, a well it said will test a
large anticlinal feature in the Cretaceous rift trend
which has recently been confirmed to contain
hydrocarbons at the Paipai well in Block 10A.
company said the well is expected to spud in the
third quarter of this year where it holds a 50
percent working interest and operatorship along with
partner Marathon Oil Corporation (50 percent),” it
are pleased to be moving forward on a number of high
impact projects that will greatly affect the value
of the company in the coming year,” Africa Oil CEO
Keith Hill said.
added that the confirmation of potentially
commercially viable oil in the Lower Lokhone sands in
the Ngamia well will add to the overall resource
potential, but also has positive implications for the
upcoming Etuko-1 well on the eastern flank of the
remain convinced that we have only just begun to
unlock the potential of what may be one of the
largest new oil basins to be opened in recent
has a huge mineral potential but its exploration
efforts have only picked in the last 5 years with the
awarding of commercial licences in prospecting for
oil, gold, coal, geothermal and rare earths.
East African nation is also expected to tender for the
for the exploration of natural gas in Kilifi, near the
coastal city of Mombasa, according to the Permanent
Secretary in the Ministry of Energy Patrick Nyoike.
Africa is now regarded as a promising frontier
especially following discoveries made by Heritage and
Hardman Resources (now Tullow Oil).
say countries in East Africa and on the seaboard from
Ethiopia on down to Mozambique have all begun to
benefit from the success of Uganda as it made it
easier fro smaller companies to raise funding for
exploration in the region.
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