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Tullow Oil announces strong oil shows at Kenya well

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Staff writer ▼ | March 17, 2016
Tullow Oil
Oil exploration   The first well to test the Kerio Valley Basin

Tullow Oil said its Cheptuket-1 well in Northern Kenya has encountered good oil shows. Cheptuket-1, which is in Block 12A, is the first well to test the Kerio Valley Basin and was drilled to a final depth of 3,083 metres.

The objective of the well was to establish a working petroleum system and test a structural closure in the south-western part of the basin.

Tullow said the strong oil shows encountered in Cheptuket-1 indicate the presence of an active petroleum system with significant oil generation. Post-well analysis is in progress ahead of defining the future exploration programme in the basin.

The company said further exploration activities are now being evaluated following the encouraging Cheptuket-1 and successful Etom-2 results.

Exploration director Angus McCoss said: "This is the most significant well result to date in Kenya outside the South Lokichar basin. Encountering strong oil shows across such a large interval is very encouraging indeed.

"I am delighted by this wildcat well result and the team are already working on our follow-up exploration plans for the Kerio Valley Basin."

Tullow operates Block 12A with 40% equity and is partnered by Delonex Energy with 40% and Africa Oil Corporation with 20%.


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