Tullow Oil’s Vice President for Africa business, Tim O’Hanlon, sid that the company will restart exploration and appraisal drilling at Kenya’s prolific South Lokichar field in December, Reuters informed.
O’Hanlon said: “a recent 3-D survey shows additional upside potential,” adding that the field has a potential of over 1b barrels of recoverable oil, according Standard Digital. In late 2015, Egypt Oil&Gas reported that according to the exploratory findings, the South Lokichar Basin contained high API oil in the best quality to date. Tullow added that the Erut and Elim areas of the basin would be considered for a future exploration drilling program.
This comes as the company is seeking for trucking companies to transport crude from northwestern fields to the port city of Mombasa as Kenya rushes to export its first oil by mid-2017. The work will involve the trucking of crude in 100 insulated containers, with a minimum fluid capacity of 25,000 liters, from a production facility near Lokichar to storage facilities run by Kenya Petroleum Refineries.
Tullow Oil, which has its main production assets in Ghana, also has exploration acreage in Mauritania, Namibia and Zambia. Additionally, in Uganda, where the company had 1.7b barrels of oil to develop, Tullow Oil was targeting an export pipeline capable of taking 200-230,000b/d to Tanga port in Tanzania. The front-end engineering and design of the pipeline will start in 2017 and a final investment decision is expected in 2018.