Tullow Oil on Friday reported that the Ngamia-1 well has encountered oil and gas shows over a gross interval of 459 feet (140 meters) from a depth of 5,905 feet (1,800 meters) to 6,364 feet (1,940 meters). The reservoirs are similar to those previously encountered at a shallower depth.
The company made the announcement to clarify a statement made at an investors meeting in Nairobi that the Ngamia-1 well was drilling into the primary target and that initial results appeared to indicate that the well had intersected further oil-bearing sands.
"The well will continue to be drilled to a total depth of 8,858 feet (2,700 meters) and then logged and sampled. This is expected to take a further three weeks to complete," the company said in a statement.
Tullow reported in March it had encountered more than 65 feet (20 meters) of net oil pay. The company announced on May 7 that the well had been drilled to an intermediate depth of 4,970 feet (1,515 meters) and had encountered total net oil pay of more 328 feet (100 meters) across multiple reservoir zones in the well.
The Ngamia-1 well was drilled in onshore Kenya Block 10BB. The Ngamia structure is the first prospect to be tested as part of a multi-well drilling campaign in Kenya and Ethiopia.
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