Saturday, January 21, 2012


A UK-based firm will start drilling for oil in the Lake Turkana Basin later this month.

Tullow Oil plc, which discovered more than two billion barrels of oil in the Albertine Basin of Uganda three years ago said surveys in Kenya and Ethiopia are complete and that Ngamia-1 well in Kenya is due to spud (the process of beginning to drill a well).

‘’The Weatherford 804 rig has reached the well site in preparation for a late January 2012 spud of the Ngamia well, which has an anticipated depth of 3,000m,’’ it said in its latest operational update in respect of recent production, development and exploration activities.

The firm acknowledged that the imminent drilling is later than originally expected following delays in the mobilisation of the rig.

It said the rig will then move to drill the 4,500m deep Paipai-1 well in Block 10A in the second quarter of 2012 before moving to Ethiopia to drill a well in the South Omo Block in the third quarter of 2012.

‘’The data quality is excellent and there are similarities with the FTG acquired in Uganda in 2009,’’ the firm said, adding that a 1,000km 2D seismic programme is under way in the South Omo Block in Ethiopia.

In Kenya, a 500 km 2D seismic programme has also started in Block 13T, which would be followed by a 1,350km 2D survey in Block 10BA, it added.

The high-impact Mbawa-1 well also in Kenya’s northwest region will be drilled in the third quarter of this

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