NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Irish oil and gas exploration firm, Tullow Oil
has made another oil discovery at the Etom 1 exploration well in
South Lokichar basin in northwest Kenya as the firm intensify
exploration across the east African nation.
in a statement received Friday the well drilled 6.5 kilometers
north of the previous Agete-1 discovery had an estimated 10
meters of net oil pay.
"The well encountered approximately 10 meters of net oil
pay, extending the proven oil basin significantly
northwards," it said, adding that while results of appraisal
and testing block 10BB has extended the already proven South
Lokichar Basin "significantly northwards."
"Based on this result the ongoing 550 square km 3D
seismic survey in the South Lokichar basin has been extended
to cover a further 247sq km in this northern area, including
several similar prospects which are scheduled to be drilled
Tullow said the Etom-1 well will now be suspended for use in
future appraisal and development operations.
At the Amosing-2 well in Block 10BB, the company encountered
up to 30 meters net oil pay.
As planned, the well was then sidetracked back to some 400
meters from the discovery well to provide additional insight
into reservoir distribution in the area and for use in
interference testing, planned to start later in 2014.
Tullow said the Amosing-2A sidetrack encountered up to 90
metres net oil pay in several oil pools.
"Continued success in appraisal of the Ngamia and Amosing
fields reinforces our belief that the South Lokichar basin
holds very considerable potential which we hope to replicate
in additional basins," said Tullow exploration director
At the Ngamia-3 appraisal well in Block 10BB, Tullow has
successfully drilled 1.6 km north of the Ngamia-1 discovery well
and encountered 150 metres of net oil pay in both Auwerwer and
"Etom-1 has successfully extended the South Lokichar rift
bounding fault play northwards and we look forward to
testing the southern area of the basin with Ekosowan-1,"
McCoss said the next basin-opening test will be in the
neighbouring Kerio Basin, with the Kodos-1 well expected to spud
in early September.
The firm said two other wells are expected to be drilled by
the end of the year in Kerio Basin (Epir-1) and North Turkana (Engomo-
Tullow jointly operates Blocks 10BB and 13T with Canadian
firm Africa Oil Corporation. The two have equal proprietary
ownership in both blocks.