Tullow in Kenya oil hit

Tullow-Uganda22 November 2013 – London-based Tullow Oil has made a new oil discovery while drilling a wildcat well in Block 13T, onshore northern Kenya.

The operator said on Friday that it found and sampled moveable oil at the Agete-1 exploration probe, recording an estimated 100 metres of net pay in good quality sandstone reservoirs.

Agete-1 is Tullow’s fifth consecutive oil discovery in the region and follows Ekales-1, which encountered net oil pay measuring between 60 and 100 metres in September.

According to Tullow, this latest find is on trend with the Twiga South, Ekales and Ngamia oil discoveries and also de-risks several follow-on prospects located to the north.

Agete-1 was drilled by the Sakson Group land rig PR5 to a total depth of 1930 metres. Following completion of logging operations, the well is expected to be suspended for future flow testing to confirm the net pay count.

Rig PR5 will then move to drill the Ewoi-1 wildcat in the east of the rift basin. This probe will target a rift flank prospect similar to the recent Etuko discovery.

Tullow exploration director Angus McCoss said an intensive campaign is planned in Kenya for next year, including “appraisal and exploration within this first basin and pioneering wells targeting the prospectivity throughout the entire chain of similar rift basins”.

Tullow operates Block 13T with a 50% interest and is partnered by Canadian explorer African Oil, which holds the remaining 50% stake.

Also on Friday, Tullow announced that the rig Weatherford 804 would spud the Amosing-1 probe in Kenya’s Block 10BB before the end of this month.
*Danica Newnham, Upstreamonline

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