NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
British oil and gas firm Tullow said on Tuesday
that it discovered oil and gas in northwest Kenya with partners
Africa Oil in Block 9.
In a statement, Tullow said its
Twiga-2 appraisal well had found 62 meters of net oil pay north
of the companies’ Twiga-1 well, which had previously encountered
some 18 meters of net oil pay with limited reservoir quality.
"The well encountered up to 39 meters of net oil pay and
11 meters of net gas pay and appears to have identified a
new fault block trap north of the main Ngamia accumulation,"
said the statement.
"The reservoirs were high quality with more than 200
meters of net reservoir sands with good permeability
inferred from MDT sampling," Tullow’s Exploration Director
Angus McCoss said in the statement.
McCoss said the well has been suspended for testing and the
rig will continue to drill up to four additional appraisal wells
in the Ngamia field area for an extended well test program.
The London-based firm also announced gas discovery in Block 9
"The Sala-1 drilled a large 80 square kilometer
anticlinal feature along the northern basin bounding fault
in the Cretaceous Anza graben and encountered several
sandstone intervals which had oil and gas shows," it said.
It said its evaluating an appraisal plan on the latest
discovery is consultation with the Kenyan government.
"Plans being discussed include an up-dip location to
confirm the areal extent of the gas zones tested where the
full net sand interval can be intersected above the
gas-water contact," Tullow said.
The British oil firm which begun drilling activities in Kenya
four years ago, said there were oil shows while drilling and
small amounts of oil were recovered during drilling and testing
which indicates there may be potential for oil down-dip on the
The East African nation has witnessed intensified exploratory
activity since 2003, which has also led to the discoveries of
oil and gas in Uganda and Tanzania.
There is also ongoing exploration in Ethiopia.
Exploration experts said 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.