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American Prospecting Firm Readies
Seismic Program In Kenya Oil Block

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- U.S-based oil and gas exploration firm, ERHC Energy on Tuesday announced the start of a 2D seismic pro-gram covering at least 1,000 line kilometers on Block 11A in northwest Kenya.

BGP Kenya Limited, one of the world’s leading geophysical service companies, is carrying out the seismic acquisition.

“Upon completion of the 2D seismic program this summer, ERHC and its operating partner will have satisfied the minimum work program requirements for the initial two-year exploration period under terms of the Block 11A Production Sharing Con-tract,” said Peter Thuo, general manager of ERHC Kenya Ltd.

Block 11A which encompass-es 11,950 square kilometers or 2.95 million acres, is oil and gas exploration block in north-western Kenya awarded to ERHC last year.

The block is situated on the border of South Sudan to the north, Block 11B and Lake Turkana to the east, and near Kenya’s border with Uganda to the west.  Block 11A is located to the northwest of the Lokichar Basin where the significant Ekales-1, Agete-1, Etuka-1, Ngamia-1 and Twiga South-1 oil discoveries were made.    

ERHC holds a 35 percent interest in the Block after farming out a 55 percent stake to CEPSA, which is now the operator.

Thuo said the 2D seismic program was designed to cover areas of interest resulting from structural mapping of prospective basins enabled by the airborne Full Tensor Gravity Gradiometry (FTG) survey of Block 11A completed recently.

“The FTG survey confirmed that the Lotikipi basin extends into Block 11A significantly advanced the exploration team’s understanding of the internal structure of the Lotikipi rift basin and enabled the identification of the most prospective areas,” he added.

The move comes as the government announced plans to issue more exploration licences for blocks in northern Kenya due to the increased activities in search for oil by foreign companies.

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