Tullow Oil Plc has announced that it has discovered oil in one of its oil wells, the Ngamia-1 exploration well. The company announced that it had encountered in excess of 20 metres of net oil per day in its press release.
The well, located in Turkana County block 10BB, was drilled to an immediate depth of 1,041 metres, has been successfully logged and sampled and the oil has been found to possess similar properties to the light waxy crude oil discovered in Uganda. The block 10BB is operated by Tullow (50%) in partnership with Africa Oil (50%).
The well will now be dug to a depth of approximately 2,700metres to explore for deeper potential. Tullow has a 50% operated interest in multiple licenses in Kenya and Ethiopia Riftbasins covering in excess of 100,000 square kilometres.
In a statement released today, President Kibaki welcomed the news saying “this is the first time Kenya has made such a discovery and it is very good news.” He continued: “It is however the beginning of a long journey to make our country an oil producer, which typically takes in excess of 3 years” according to Reuters.
Kenyans reacted variously on social media with some exhibiting joy over the oil discovery and others advocating for soberness in the matter.
The story attracted so much interest from Kenyans on social media that the story momentarily became a trending topic worldwide. To put that into perspective, a trending topic on Twitter describes the most discussed item on the social network.
To follow the reaction to the oil announcement on Twitter, search for the hashtag #TurkanaOil