Three exploration companies strike more oil in Turkana

April 26, 2017
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The firm says the data from these appraisal wells will be incorporated into the ongoing field development planning activities/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 26 – Africa Oil Corporation and two partners have made more oil discoveries at the northern end of South Lokichar Basin.

The firm says it has discovered 35 metres and 65 metres of net gas and oil pay in two wells it has been drilling in south Lokichar basin.

Among the wells include well 6 and Ngamia-10 which was also drilled in an untested fault compartment.

As a result of the new find, the Joint Venture partners have decided to extend the current exploration and appraisal campaign by a further three wells.

Africa Oil Corporation has a 25 percent working interest in two blocks with Tullow Oil holding 50 percent interest. Maersk Oil and Gas holds the remaining interest.

The firm says the data from these appraisal wells will be incorporated into the ongoing field development planning activities.

“Following the completion of the Ngamia-10 well, the rig was moved to the previously drilled Etom-2 well to prepare the well for a Drill Stem Test. The rig will then drill the fourth well of this campaign, the Emekuya exploration well, which will target the north-eastern flank of the Etom Complex. This well is likely to spud in early May,” the firm says in a statement.

The drilling and operational activities are set to support the Final Investment Decision for the Kenya Full Field Development by the end of 2018.

Kenya has already started works for the The Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS).

EOPS Agreement between the Kenya Joint Venture and the Government of Kenya was signed on 14 March 2017 allowing all EOPS upstream contracts to be awarded.

The first stage of the EOPS will be the evacuation of the stored crude oil, which was produced during extended well testing in 2015, to Mombasa by road.

This will be followed production of 2,000 bopd in the fourth quarter of 2017. The EOPS will provide important information which will assist in full field development planning.

“The additional wells will explore further the Greater Etom complex, test an undrilled fault block adjacent to the Ekales field and drill the Ngamia-11 well which will be used for an extended waterflood pilot test in conjunction with the Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS),” said Africa Oil.

Africa Oil Corporation has a 25 percent working interest in Blocks 10BB and 13T with Tullow Oil plc (50 percent and Operator) and Maersk Olie and Gas A/S (25 percent ) holding the remaining interests.

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