(Xinhua) -- British oil exploration
firm Tullow said on Monday that it’s making progress in its
drilling operations with strong community support in the South
Lokichar basin in northern Kenya.
It said the Amosing well has spud
and is drilling ahead on schedule. South Lokichar basin is the
site of five consecutive significant oil discoveries by Tullow
in conjunction with its 50- percent partner and operator, Africa
significant exploration activity continues in Block 10BB with
the Amosing-1 well currently drilling and the Ewoi-1 well
expected to spud by the end of the year,” Tullow said in a
statement issued in Nairobi.
the discoveries made at Etuko-1 and Ekales-1, preparations are
underway to flow test the wells with results expected early in
the first quarter of 2014.”
Amosing is located 7 km southeast
of the Ngamia discovery which had over 200 meters of net pay and
is a similar basin bounding fault trap in which has been
referred to as the “string of pearls” trend. The well is
expected to be completed by the end of January.
The rig which recently completed
the Agete discovery with at least 100 meters of net oil pay, is
being mobilized to the Ewoi prospect and is expected to spud by
the end of the year.
Ewoi is a large faulted structure
updip from the recent Etuko discovery on the Rift Flank portion
of the basin.
The two lightweight rigs in the
basin are currently being rigged up for testing on the Etuko and
Ekales discoveries and test results for both are expected early
in the first quarter of 2014.
3D seismic survey over the western flank of the basin is also
expected to commence before the end of the year and civil
construction on several exploration and appraisal locations
has been accelerated to keep pace with the aggressive planned
drilling schedule,” Tullow said in a statement.
The oil exploration firm resumed
operations on Nov. 8 after successful talks with local leaders
over security concerns.
Tullow resumed operations in
Block 10BB and Block 13T after it suspended its activities on
Oct. 27 sparked by local residents’ protests demanding for more
jobs at the sites.
suspension of operations allowed all parties to discuss and
understand the complex operating environment in northern Kenya
and commit to taking the necessary action to allow exploration
operations to resume,” Black said.
The British oil firm which begun
drilling activities in Kenya three years ago, added that its
priority now was to ensure the safety of its staff, hence the
temporary shutdown on operations.
While decades of oil exploration
failed to yield results, in most cases, ending with nothing less
than a bottle of crude oil, experts say there were high hopes of
Kenya striking commercial oil with the advent of new oil