By Macharia Kamau
Turkana County seems to be an area with immense hydrocarbons with firms prospecting oil in the area reporting more deposits. They are optimistic of hitting even larger and better quality of oil deposits in the yet to be drilled wells.
The firm has suspended further drilling of the well at 2,340 metres, against the planned 2,700 metres, saying the depth can give a clear picture of what the block holds.
It plans to commence testing at the block to determine commercial viability of the oil present.
“In addition to the greater than 100 metres of net light oil pay in the Upper Lokhone Sand section previously reported, the well encountered an additional 43 metres of potential oil pay,” said Keith Hill, president and chief executive of Africa Oil in a statement yesterday.
“Testing equipment including downhole pumps is being mobilised and the intention is to test a number of the zones in the Upper and Lower Lokhone Sands in the near future to confirm the full potential of this discovery.”
In March, it reported it had found oil deposits that have a cumulative thickness of 100 metres after drilling a depth of about 1,000 metres.
The firm also said it would start drilling what it calls Twiga 1 well in Block 13T, 30 kilometres north east of Ngamia. It plans to drill another well in Block 10A and another one in the Omo region of Ethiopia, all to be concluded in the course of this year.
Uganda discovered commercial hydrocarbon deposits along its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006, and Tullow says reserves of 1.1 billion barrels are confirmed and believes there are a further 1.4 billion barrels left to find.
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