Tullow Oil will commence drilling of its Erut well in Kenya’s Block 13T in south Lokichar basin by mid-December, informed Ecofin Agency.

According to Tullow’s Kenyan Exploration Manager, Kevin Christopherson, the well has the potential to de-risk the northern prospects and will target the auwerwer and lokone at less than 1,600 meters, Oil News Kenya reported.

Upon completion of the Erut well, the company will forge ahead to drill the Etete well which is set to be drilled in January to the southern side of the Etom complex. Additionally, the appraisal of the Ngamia and Amosing Updips fields in Blocks 13T and 10BB are expected to start in February and March respectively. Tullow Oil also plans to evaluate the Lopara and Ekosowan North prospects, that will test large stratigraphic trap between Amosing and Ekosowan.

The Lopara and Ekosowan prospects have potential to add significant resources and extend Amosing trend. The stratigraphic trap is capable of retaining hydrocarbons, formed by changes in rock type, unconformities, or sedimentary features such as reefs.

Tullow Oil has discovered resources of over 760m barrels with an upside of 1.6b barrels in the South Lokichar Basin in Kenya.