Kenya finds oil

Kenya strikes oil in Turkana region

The government of Kenya, which yesterday announced its first oil discovery, expects four exploratory wells to be drilled in the country this year.

Tullow Oil found 20 meters (66 feet) of oil in the Ngamia-1 exploration well in Kenya’s northwestern Turkana region with Canadian partner Africa Oil Corp, the London-based company said in a statement yesterday. The well, in Block 10BB, has been drilled to about a third of its target depth.

The find is “the beginning of a long road to make our country an oil producer,” President Mwai Kibaki said in a statement yesterday. It will take “three to five years” for Tullow and the Kenyan government to determine whether to go into development and production at the Turkana site, according to Nyoike’s speech.

“We are pretty confident there is further potential as we drill down,” Ian Cloke, Tullow’s exploration manager for southern and East Africa, said in a speech at the conference.

Kenya has 16 blocks that are currently open for oil and gas exploration, of which nine have expressions of interest by companies