Tullow strikes more oil in Turkana

British oil exploration company Tullow yesterday announced that they discovered more oil in Turkana, boosting prospects of reaching one billion barrels of oil in the region.

The discovery also boosts the government’s plan for early oil exports.

In a statement, the company said that they discovered oil was located at a a gross oil interval of 55 metres with 25 metres of net oil pay at a depth of 700 metres. The overall oil column for the field is considered to be 100 to 125 metres.

The discovery was in the company’s  Erut-1 well in Block 13T in South Lokichar, Turkana County. Tullow operates Blocks 13T and 10BB with 50 per cent equity and is partnered by Africa Oil Corporation and Maersk Oil both with 25 per cent.

The government has been planning on exporting oil as early as July this year by road from Lokichar. In its assessment, the company is planning to start producing 2,000 barrels of crude oil daily for early small-scale exports.

Tullow first struck oil in Lokichar in 2012 and continued to announce more discoveries showing up for the likelihood of the country becoming an oil producer.

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Angus McCoss, Exploration Director, commented on the discovery that it is an exciting discovery from a bold exploration well that proves that oil has migrated to the northern limit of the South Lokichar basin.

“This extends the known hydrocarbon limits of the basin beyond the successful Etom discovery into the underexplored northern part of the basin where we have several undrilled prospects. Following the scheduled appraisal wells at Amosing-6 and Ngamia-10, further exploration drilling of this area is now being planned” he explained.

The company did not however disclose the exact amount of oil in this Block 13T they had discovered.

Tullow’s statement further explained that the objective of the well was to test a structural trap at the northern limit of the South Lokichar basin. The Erut-1 well was drilled ten kilometers north of the Etom-2 well and shares important characteristics.

“Fluid samples taken and wireline logging all indicate the presence of recoverable oil. Erut-1 successfully shows that oil has migrated to the northern limit of the South Lokichar basin and has de-risked multiple prospects in this area which will now be considered in the Partnership’s future exploration and appraisal drilling programme”, it read..

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