(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
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
“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.