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Irish firm Tullow Oil strikes more oil deposits in northwest Kenya

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.

Tullow said 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 in 2015."

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 Angus McCoss.

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 Lokone reservoirs.

"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," said McCoss.

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- 1).

Tullow jointly operates Blocks 10BB and 13T with Canadian firm Africa Oil Corporation. The two have equal proprietary ownership in both blocks.



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