Africa Oil and its UK partner Tullow have announced the recommencement of drilling on the Erut-1 well in Block 13T in Kenya, Ecofin Agency reported.

Africa Oil said the drilling would be a follow up on the earlier success in the region, informed Business Daily. The company’s CEO, Keith Hill, said the drilling activities will allow for tests to be carried out.

The Erut-1 well, which was drilled mid-December, is located on a large structural feature, north of the South Lokichar basin, and is considered as a follow up well to the successful Etom-2 well, which encountered 102 meters of net pay that had some of the best reservoir characteristics seen so far in the basin.

Erut-1 is the first well in a firm four well program, with the potential for further four contingent follow on wells expected to continue through the first half of 2017.

Hill stated that the company has particular interest in the first two wells in the program, which will test exploration prospects in the northern portion of the Lokichar basin opened up by the Etom discovery. He added :“These wells, and the follow up appraisal wells at Amosing and Ngamia, are important steps in moving the Lokichar development project forward.”