The Star (Nairobi)

22 February 2013

Kenya: Tullow Tests Confirm High Quality Oil At Twiga 1 Well

Tullow which is spearheading oil exploration in Turkana County yesterday announced that Twiga South -1 well has established that it has commercial value.

It said that flow tests at the well showed a total flow rate of5,200 barrels of oil per day.The company however said that it now requires to establish if the whole oil extraction venture is commercially viable before a decision can be reached on whether to commence production or not.

Tullow Oil announced the successful completion of the flow tests at the well, which showed at total flow rate of 5,200 barrels of oil per day.

Last week Tullow said tests on two levels of the well flowed at a cumulative rate of 2,351 barrels per day and the fifth and final test flowed at a rate of 461 barrels per day.

"With optimised equipment these flow rates would increase to a cumulative rate of around 5,200 barrels per day," it said in yesterday's statement.

It said that high quality crude was flowed from all three zones in the Auwerwer formation with good quality reservoir sands encountered but the well has been suspended as a potential future production well.

"While it is still early days for our exploration campaign in Kenya, these flow tests results at Twiga South-1 are an important step on the way towards understanding the commercial potential of the two discoveries we have made so far" said Angus McCoss, Exploration Director of Tullow Oil.

President and chief executive of Africa Oil Keith Hill said the good reservoir quality of the Auwerwer sands is a step forward in in establishing a commercially viable oil development project in Kenya.

"We look forward to the upcoming tests at Ngamia which we believe will also give similar flow rates and provide evidence on the lateral distribution of these key reservoir sands," he said.

These results provide encouragement for the forthcoming testing program at Ngamia-1A, Block 10BB, where four zones are planned to be tested. Testing is expected to commence in March and be complete by the end of May.

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