Tullow finds promising oil well in Kerio Valley basin

March 16, 2016
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According to Tullow Executive Director of Exploration Angus Mccoss, the Cheptuket-1 well in Block 12A has encountered good oil shows, seen in cuttings and rotary sidewall cores across an interval of over 700 metres/FILE
According to Tullow Executive Director of Exploration Angus Mccoss, the Cheptuket-1 well in Block 12A has encountered good oil shows, seen in cuttings and rotary sidewall cores across an interval of over 700 metres/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 16 – Tullow Oil has discovered yet another well in Kerio Valley basin which they say has potential of producing oil.

According to Tullow Executive Director of Exploration Angus Mccoss, the Cheptuket-1 well in Block 12A has encountered good oil shows, seen in cuttings and rotary sidewall cores across an interval of over 700 metres.

“This is the most significant well result to date in Kenya outside the South Lokichar basin. Encountering strong oil shows across such a large interval is very encouraging indeed,” he said.

“I am delighted by this wildcat well result and the team is already working on our follow-up exploration plans for the Kerio Valley Basin.”

Cheptuket-1 is the first well to test positive in Kerio Valley Basin, and Cabinet Secretary for Energy Charles Keter says more tests need to be carried out.

“What they have found is a well where we can say there is prospect,” the CS explained.

According to Tullow, the strong oil shows encountered in Cheptuket-1 indicate the presence of an active petroleum system with significant oil generation.

Cheptuket-1 is the first well to test the Kerio Valley Basin and was drilled by the PR Marriott Rig-46 to a final depth of 3,083 metres.

Post-well analysis is in progress ahead of defining the future exploration programme in the basin. As previously advised, the PR Marriott Rig-46 will now be demobilized.

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