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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. An accelerated exploration and appraisal campaign was completed in the basin and initial assessment indicates recoverable resources of up to 750 million barrels of oil. The Group re-started exploration in the basin in December 2016 to de-risk resources found to date and target the overall upside potential of 1 billion barrels.

The first well in this campaign, the Erut-1 well in Block 13T, Northern Kenya, discovered a gross oil interval of 55 metres with 25 metres of net oil pay at a depth of 700 metres. The result shows that oil has migrated to the northern limit of the South Lokichar basin and has de-risked multiple prospects in this area which will now be considered in the Partnership’s future exploration and appraisal drilling programme.


The Ngamia-1 exploration well in Kenya marked the start of a significant programme of drilling activities across the acreage. In 2012, the Ngamia-1 well successfully encountered over 200 metres of net oil pay, the second East Africa onshore tertiary rift basin opened by Tullow. This has since been followed by further exploration success in the South Lokichar Basin at the Ngamia, Twiga, , Etuko, Ekales-1, Agete, Amosing, Ewoi, Ekunyuk, Etom oil accumulations and most recently at Erut. Tullow has a number leads and prospects yet to drill which will target upside in the South Lokichar Basin as well as new basins across its acreage.

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Development planning 

In April 2016, it was agreed by the Governments of Uganda and Kenya that the two countries would develop separate, standalone export pipelines for their oil resources. Tullow welcomes the clarity and certainty that this decision brings.

Good progress is being made on the Kenya development project with preparation for the upstream development Front End Engineering Design (FEED) well under way. The negotiation of a Joint Development Agreement (JDA), setting out a structure for the Government of Kenya and the Kenya Joint Venture Partners to progress the development of the export pipeline, was concluded in October 2016, with execution of the JDA expected before year-end. The JDA will allow important studies to commence such as FEED, Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA), as well as studies on pipeline financing and ownership.   

An Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS), which involves the transportation of early South Lokichar oil production to Mombasa by road, has been sanctioned by the Joint Venture Partners. The EOPS will use existing upstream wells and oil storage tanks to initially produce approximately 2,000 bopd gross in mid-2017.  This early pilot  scheme will provide important information to assist in full field development planning.

Our history in Kenya

Tullow entered Kenya in 2010, after signing agreements with Africa Oil and Centric Energy to gain a 50% operated interest in five onshore licences; 10BA, 10BB, 10A, 12A and 13T. In 2012, Tullow farmed in to onshore Block 12B with 50% and increased its interest in Block 12A to 65%. Since then our interest in Block 10A has been relinquished and in October 2015, Tullow farmed-out 25% of its interest in Block 12A to Delonex.

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Page last updated: 19 January 2017