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Last updated: 06 Nov 2013
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, with the field reaching a production rate of around 110,000 bopd. In May 2013, the TEN PoD was approved by the Government of Ghana.
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 focussed its exploration on targeting the Jubilee-like deepwater play in countries such as French Guiana, Mauritania, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone. 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, with further successful wells in the South Lokichar basin following thereafter.