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Saturday 23 August 2014

Tullow confirms viability of Kenya well

Sarah McCabe

Published 31/07/2013 | 08:49

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Tullow Oil Chief Executive Officer Aidan Heavey
Tullow Oil Chief Executive Officer Aidan Heavey

Tullow Oil has announced the viability of a well in Turkana County, Kenya, but still cut its full year production forecasts.

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Production at the Irish-owned African-focused mining company jumped in line with expectations, up 14pc. Tullow pumped 88,600 barrels of oil a day between January and June.

But the group still cut its 2013 average production forecast; it now expects to produce an average of 84,000 to 88,000 barrels of oil per day as opposed to a previously predicted 86,000 to 92,000 barrels.

The company wrote of $176m on exploration costs during the period, well below the £451m it paid out in the first half of 2012.

Tullow confirmed the commercial viability of its latest drilling success at the Etuko-1 well in Kenya and said that combined with output from neighbour Uganda, a pipeline could deliver 500,000 barrels a day by 2018.

Tullow also confirmed it is to seek a "development carry" from any future partner in its Ten project in Ghana, where the new investor would pay development costs.

It put the increased cost of developing Ten at $4.9bn, excluding lease costs.

Tullow has had some disappointing exploration results recently but Morgan Stanley said the result was ahead of expectations and that the opening of a new province in East Africa and signs of capital discipline "should address investor concerns and help to drive the shares up".

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