Tullow Oil plc has announced the discovery of 75 metres of net oil pay in two zones at the Emekuya-1 exploratory appraisal well in Block 13T, Northern Kenya.
“This well, in the northern part of the South Lokichar Basin, has proven oil charge across a significant part of the Greater Etom structure and we are very encouraged by the quality and particularly the regional extent of the reservoir,” Angus McCross, Exploration Director said.
Tullow’s new discovery comes barely a month after its joint venture partner Africa Oil Corporation announced it encountered 35 metres of net gas and oil pay in Amosing-6 and 65 metres of net oil pay in Ngamia-10 in Block 10BB, in the same area.
The oil and gas exploration and production company operates Blocks 13T and 10BB with 50 per cent equity and is partnered with Africa Oil and Maersk Oil both with 25 per cent.
Emekuya-1 was drilled by the PR Marriott Rig-46 to a depth of 1, 356 metres, penetrating reservoir quality sandstones similar to those seen in the successful Etom-2 well, located 2.5 km south.
“Downhole pressure measurements and fluid samples suggest that the main oil reservoir is on the same static pressure gradient as the Etom-2 which demonstrates that a major part of the Greater Etom structure is oil-filled,” Tullow explained in a statement.
The extensive reservoir sand encountered opens the door for future exploration in the region.
The company looks forward to preparing the discoveries for full field development.