British firm discovers more oil in northern Kenya - CNBC Africa

British firm discovers more oil in northern Kenya

East Africa

by Elayne Wangalwa 0

British oil and gas explorer, Tullow Oil plc has discovered oil and natural gas deposits in northern Kenya. PHOTO: Getty Images

“The PR Marriott 46 rig has recently completed the Ngamia-2 well which was drilled 1.7 km from the Ngamia-1 discovery well to test the northwest flank of the prospect. The well encountered up to 39 meters of net oil pay and 11 meters of net gas pay,” the firm said in a statement.

Tullow is a United Kingdom - based company engaged in oil and gas exploration, development and production and the sale of hydrocarbons and related activities. The Company has interests in over 100 production and exploration licences in 22 countries and focuses on four core areas: Africa, Europe, South Asia and South America.

This new discovery comes barely a week after Australian oil and gas explorer Pancontinental Oil and Gas NL discovered oil off the East African coast. The gross oil column in the coast is assessed to be 14 metres thick beneath a gross gas column of 29.6 metres in a reefal limestone reservoir.

The firm has suspended the well for testing and the rig in order to continue to drill up to four additional appraisal wells in the Ngamia field area for an extended well test program. 

“A 3D seismic program is currently being concluded over the field area which should allow for detailed mapping of the fault trends.”

The firms partner, Canadian oil and gas company, African Oil also announced discoveries of oil in the East African country. It announced it had made a gas discovery in Block 9 onshore Kenya.

“The success of the Ngamia-2 exploratory appraisal well builds on our major basin opening discovery well, Ngamia-1. The reservoirs were of similar quality and the well will be suspended for testing. With five rigs drilling in Kenya and Ethiopia, there is much to look forward to in the second half of the year," Angus McCoss, Exploration Director, Tullow Oil plc said.

In Kenya, Tullow has drilled seven consecutive successful wells increasing discovered resources for the basin, this is a further 18 exploration and appraisal wells and multiple flow tests are planned.

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