Tullow and Africa Oil discover more Oil Prospects – Kenya

British exploration firm Tullow Oil has discovered fresh oil and natural gas deposits even as its Canadian partner Africa Oil also announced that it had discovered gas at another site in northern Kenya.

Tullow has discovered 39 metres of net oil pay and 11 metres of net gas pay Ngamia-2 well which is 1.7 kilometres away from the Ngamia-1, the site of the country’s maiden find in early 2012.

Africa Oil, on the other hand, has discovered gas deposits in a 1,000 metre range at the Sala-1 site, adding that it will commence tests to ascertain the exact deposit amount and its viability.

The two discoveries, which come just a week after Australia’s Pancontinental Oil and Gas NL discovered oil in the Lamu Basin, collectively inch Kenya close to commercial production of both oil and gas.

An appraisal plan to follow up this discovery is currently being evaluated by the partnership in consultation with the Kenyan government,” said Keith Hill, the Africa Oil chief executive.

“Not only is there a great need for power in Kenya, there is also the potential for oil and for additional prospects on trend.”

The oil Mr Keith is referring to are deposits that the company found alongside those of natural gas during the exploration of Sala-1.

Africa Oil says “small amounts of oil were recovered during drilling and testing which indicates there may be potential for oil down-dip on the structure” which is proven true, would be a double score for the company.

Last week, Pancontinental Oil and Gas NL announced that it had discovered an oil column at one of its recently completed wells in the Lamu Basin, about 100 kilometres off the Mombasa coastline.

The find at the Sunbird well is said to be the first of its kind along the western Indian Ocean coast between South Africa and Somalia.

The exploration firm added that there were high prospect of finding commercial quantities in the area and that the implications of the find for regional oil exploration were “outstanding”.

Source: Business Daily

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