Tullow has a track record of discovering significant oil resources in East Africa. The Group first started exploring in Uganda in 2006, successfully opening the Lake Albert Rift Basin, which has discovered resources of some 1.7 billion barrels of oil. Tullow has taken its knowledge and understanding of the geology in Uganda across into neighbouring Kenya. Since 2012, Tullow’s successful exploration and appraisal drilling campaigns in Kenya have resulted in the opening of a second new tertiary rift play in the South Lokichar Basin. Following a full assessment of all the exploration and appraisal data, Tullow estimates that the South Lokichar basin contains the following recoverable resources: 240 – 560 – 1,230 mmbo (1C–2C–3C) from an overall discovered STOIIP of up to 4 billion barrels. Watch the video below to see how Tullow, its Partners and the Government of Kenya are working togeether to develop these resources through Project Oil Kenya.
Tullow and its Joint Venture Partners have proposed to the Government of Kenya that the Amosing, Ngamia and Twiga fields should be developed as the Foundation Stage of the South Lokichar development. This stage would include a 60,000 to 80,000 bopd Central Processing Facility (CPF) and an export pipeline to Lamu. This phased approach brings significant benefits as it enables an early FID, takes advantage of the current low-cost environment for both the field and infrastructure development and provides the best opportunity to deliver First Oil in a timeline that meets the Government of Kenya (GoK) expectations. The installed infrastructure from this initial phase can then be utilised for the optimisation of the remaining South Lokichar oil fields, allowing the incremental development of these fields to be completed at a lower unit cost post-First Oil.
The foundation stage will target volumes of around 210 mmbo of the total estimated 2C resources of 560 mmbo and a plateau rate of 60,000 to 80,000 bopd. The incremental development of the remaining 2C resources and the significant upside potential is expected to increase plateau production to 100,000 bopd or greater.
Significant progress has been made over the first six months of the year in Kenya on both the Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS) and the Foundation Stage of Project Oil Kenya. All parties continue to work well together across all development workstreams and significant progress has been made so far this year. However, despite this progress, the Partners and the Government of Kenya are reviewing the most likely timeline to FID which Tullow now expects in 2020.
Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS)
In early June 2018, the transfer of stored crude oil to Mombasa, by road, commenced. The EOPS will transport oil produced from injection and production testing at the Ngamia and Amosing fields. In May 2019, EOPS production was increased from 600 bopd to 2,000 bopd and the reservoirs, wells and associated facilities have been performing well. Over 150,000 bbls of oil have been safely delivered to Mombasa so far and Tullow expects the first export cargo to be sold and lifted in the third quarter of 2019.