09 December 2013, Addis Ababa – UK independent Tullow Oil has come up dry its Tultule-1 wildcat in the South Omo Block in Ethiopia.
The well was drilled to a total depth of 2101 metres, targeting a reservoir section similar to the sands drilled in the nearby Sabisa-1 well where oil shows were encountered.
However, Tullow said that the sands encountered in Sabisa-1 were not hit in Tultule-1 and that the well would be plugged and abandoned as a dry hole.
It was not all negative news, with Tullow saying that gas shows were recorded in the well which it said reaffirmed the presence of hydrocarbons in the region.
The company will now analyse the results from both the Sabisa-1 and Tultule-1 wells before determining its next move in regard to exploration of the area.
The drilling rig will now be moved to the Chew Bahir basin to drill the Shimela prospect in the eastern portion of the South Omo Block at the end of the first quarter of 2014.
Tullow operates the South Omo Block, holding a 50% interest along with partners Africa Oil (30%) and Marathon (20%).