A Tullow exploration site in Turkana. World Bank says the discovery of
sizable oil and gas deposits "should boost growth prospects" for Kenya
and a few other African nations. Photo/File
NATION MEDIA GROUP
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
In a statement released on Wednesday morning, Tullow said it had struck oil in Etuko-1 following drilling that commenced in May.
Soared to the top
“These results are an important step towards
understanding the commerciality of the Lokichar Basin and, as we advance
towards the commercial thresholds for development, Tullow continues to
work in consultation with the Government of Kenya on development
options,” read the statement.
After the announcement, reports indicate that the oil company has soared to the top of the leading index.
5,000 barrels per day
The latest testing data from the Twiga South-1 and
the Ngamia-1 has seen Tullow upgrade its estimates for the oil
production potential for both discoveries.
The company now estimates a flow potential of about 5,000 barrels of oil per day per well.
Further, the potential for both discoveries is now
estimated at 250 million barrels of oil but could shoot up upon further
“In Kenya, we have significantly upgraded our
resource estimates for the South Lokichar Basin following the highly
successful flow testing of Ngamia and Twiga-South,” said Tullow chief
executive, Aidan Heavey.
In Uganda, Mr Heavey said Tullow is expected to sign a
Memorandum of Understanding with the government for the development of
oil strikes in the Lake Albert Basin.
The company said that these developments are
indicative of successful operations in the first half of the year as
well as positive outlook for the second half of the year and for 2014.
Tullow is expected to release its half year results on July 31.