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Following Tullow’s exploration success to date in Uganda’s Lake Albert Rift Basin, the company has extended its exploration acreage into the prospective East African Rift Basins of Kenya and Ethiopia.
In 2010, Tullow signed an agreement with Africa Oil to gain a 50% operated interest in the South Omo Block in Ethiopia. This has been complemented by the 50% operated interests in six adjacent Kenyan licences. The combined acreage covers the Turkana Rift Basin which is similar in geology to the Lake Albert Rift Basin and is also a south-east extension of the geologically older Sudan rift basins trend. The first well in the licence commenced in December 2012 at Sabisa-1. The following well at Tutule-1 recorded gas shows and reaffirmed the presence of hydrocarbons in the region. These are the most northerly wells drilled in our East African acreage to date, and importantly established that the hydrocarbon system is present.
Numerous additional follow-up prospects have been mapped in this part of the South Omo Block and in the adjacent Chew Bahir Basin, with the next well due to spud on the latter basin around the end of the first quarter of 2014 at Shimela-1.