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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 is now completed in the basin and initial assessment indicates recoverable resources of up to 750 million barrels of oil. The Group plans to re-start 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 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 and Etom oil accumulations. 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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South Lokichar Basin Appraisal

With nine fields discovered, a significant campaign of appraisal and testing activities took place in the South Lokichar Basin in 2015. Nine appraisal wells were drilled and five Extended Well Tests (EWTs) were successfully completed at the Ngamia and Amosing fields. The EWTs demonstrated production rates and reservoir continuity over distances suitable for field development.

In December 2015, Etom-2, the most recent well drilled in the South Lokichar Basin, discovered 102 metres of net oil pay in high quality reservoir sands in an untested fault block identified on new 3D seismic. The results of these appraisal wells have significantly advanced the subsurface definition of the main South Lokichar discoveries.

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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: 06 May 2016