First Oil Discovery in Kenya

By Admin
Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki announced Monday that a significant amount of oil has been discovered in the country for the first time. According t...

 

Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki announced Monday that a significant amount of oil has been discovered in the country for the first time. According to the President, the find from the weekend at a site called Ngamia is “a major breakthrough,” and similar in size to valuable light crude previously discovered in Uganda.

Tullow Oil is carrying out the oil exploration in the area, claiming that 20 meters of net oil pay was discovered. It is also considered to be of a higher quality oil that will yield more gasoline and diesel per barrel compared to other finds in Africa.

"To make a good oil discovery in our first well is beyond our expectations and bodes well for the material program ahead of us," Tullow's exploration director, Angus McCoss, said in a statement. “...following this discovery the outlook for further success has been significantly improved," McCoss said, looking into other prospective sites.

SEE OTHER TOP STORIES IN THE ENERGY DIGITAL CONTENT NETWORK

Obama Pushes Agencies on Keystone XL Pipeline Permit

Iranian Conflict Puts UK Gas Imports at Risk

Check out March's Issue of Energy Digital!

However, it could still be years until the oil discovery will make it to a production phase. Uganda's 2006 discovery is not expected to reach a full-scale production phase until 2016. 

"I think Uganda provides a helpful parallel," Tullow spokesman George Cazenove told the Associated Press. "There's a lot more work to do before we talk about how we get this to production and how it would affect Kenya as a nation... It's a great result but must be seen in context. It's a long-term game for sure.”

 

DOWNLOAD THE ENERGY DIGITAL IPAD APP 

Share

Featured Articles

COP27 agrees to climate compensation fund

The deal is said to be a historic first in acknowledging the vast inequities of the climate crisis

North America's natural gas can help mitigate energy crisis

In the effort towards decarbonisation, North America could be a key player in providing affordable natural gas, addressing energy security issues

COP27: Egypt and Norway to build 100MW green hydrogen plant

Plant will be built in Egypt’s Ain Sokhna region, on the Red Sea coast, and will be implemented in cooperation with Scatec, the Norwegian energy giant

Renewable energy company Masdar opens office in Saudi Arabia

Renewable Energy

Ørsted closes US$140m transaction with ECP for US portfolio

Renewable Energy

ADNOC Drilling delivers world record well at Upper Zakum

Oil & Gas