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Last updated: 15 Jan 2014
Tullow has been successfully operating in Africa since 1986. In recent years the Group has had significant exploration success in Uganda's Lake Albert Rift Basin, offshore Ghana and most recently in Kenya’s South Lokichar Rift Basin opening three new hydrocarbon provinces.
In Uganda, Tullow has drilled over 50 wells since 2006. Following the farmdown of two-thirds of its equity in the Lake Albert basin to CNOOC and Total in February 2012. Tullow is now working closely with the Government and its new partners on a basin-wide development plan with the potential to produce in excess of 200,000 barrels of oil per day.
In Ghana, Tullow and its partners discovered the world-class Jubilee field in 2007 and developed it in record time with production commencing in November 2010, some 40 months after discovery. Further development activity continued in 2012 with the Jubilee field Phase 1A Plan of Development (PoD) approval in the January and the first production wells coming on stream at the end of 2012. In 2013, the field averaged 100,000 bopd gross. In May 2013, the TEN PoD was approved by the Government of Ghana with the project on track for first oil in mid-2016.
The significant discoveries in Uganda and Ghana have led Tullow to expand its acreage positions in an effort to replicate the transformation success these countries and their geological play types have brought to the company. In West Africa and the Atlantic Margins, Tullow has focused its exploration on targeting the Jubilee-like deepwater play in countries such as French Guiana, Mauritania, Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea. In East Africa, Tullow acquired significant acreage positions across the Rift Basins of Kenya and Ethiopia in 2011 in an attempt to replicate the success of Uganda. In 2012, the first well in Kenya on the Ngamia prospect made a significant basin-opening discovery. Following a number of further successful wells in the South Lokichar basin, Tullow has discovered in excess of 600mmbo with a major E&A campaign now underway.