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Tullow Oil plc (“Tullow”) Thursday announced the discovery of more oil at Etom-1 well in Block 13T in South Lokichar.
The UK Company said the well is the most northerly well drilled to date in the South Lokichar basin, 6.5 km north of the previous Agete-1 discovery.
“Etom-1 has successfully extended the South Lokichar rift bounding fault play northwards and we look forward to testing the southern area of the basin with Ekosowan-1,” said Angus McCoss, Exploration Director
“Continued success in appraisal of the Ngamia and Amosing fields reinforces our belief that the South Lokichar basin holds very considerable potential which we hope to replicate in additional basins. The next basin-opening test will be in the neighbouring Kerio Basin, with the Kodos-1 well expected to spud in early September”.
He said the Weatherford 804 rig drilled the Etom-1 well to a final depth of 2,000 metres adding that the well will be suspended for use in future appraisal and development operations, following which the rig will move to drill the Kodos-1 well in September 2014 to test the first of several prospects identified in the neighbouring Kerio Basin.
The well encountered approximately 10 metres of net oil pay, extending the proven oil basin significantly northwards. Based on this result the ongoing 550 sq km 3D seismic survey in the basin has been extended to cover a further 247sq km in this northern area, including several similar prospects which are scheduled to be drilled in 2015.the successful results from a series of exploration, appraisal and testing activities conducted in Blocks 10BB and 13T onshore Kenya.