Business Irish

Thursday 23 November 2017

'Important discovery' for Tullow Oil in Kenya

Paul McDade ceo of Tullow Oil
Paul McDade ceo of Tullow Oil
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Tullow Oil has announced the discovery of oil in a well in Northern Kenya.

The company said that the Emekuya-1 well in Block 13T, Northern Kenya has encountered around 75 metres of net oil pay in two zones.

Emekuya-1 is located 2.5 km north of Etom-2 and had the objective of drilling a fault block on the flank of the Greater Etom structure.

The well was drilled by the PR Marriott Rig-46 to a total measured depth of 1,356 metres and penetrated reservoir quality Miocene sandstones which correlate to those seen in the successful Etom-2 well.

Downhole pressure measurements and fluid samples suggest that the main oil reservoir is on the same static pressure gradient as the Etom-2 well which demonstrates that a major part of the Greater Etom structure is oil-filled.

The reservoir sands encountered also appear to be extensive which further de-risks the northern play area and bodes well for future exploration in the region.

Read more: Tullow Oil gets 95.3pc backing for oil explorer's planned share sale

The rig will be moved to drill an up-dip appraisal well on the Greater Etom structure. Tullow operates Blocks 13T and 10BB with 50pc equity and is partnered by Africa Oil Corporation and Maersk Oil both with 25pc.

"The Emekuya-1 exploratory appraisal well has made an important discovery in the northern part of the South Lokichar Basin. This well has proven oil charge across a significant part of the Greater Etom structure and we are very encouraged by the quality and particularly the regional extent of the reservoir.

We now look forward to the remainder of the Kenya exploration and appraisal campaign in support of the ongoing work to prepare this important asset for Full Field Development," Angus McCoss, Exploration Director, at Tullow Oil said.

In January the company announced that the Erut-1 exploration well, also drilled in Northern Kenya, discovered a gross oil interval of 55m with 25m of net oil pay.

Online Editors

Promoted Links

Business Newsletter

Read the leading stories from the world of Business.

Promoted Links

Also in Business