Vanoil Energy Ltd. announced that it has completed a 39-square mile (100-square kilometer) 3D seismic and gravity survey over its western leads in block 3A in Kenya. This is the first 3D seismic survey ever completed onshore in Kenya and it complements the 525 miles (845 kilometers) of 2D seismic acquired by Vanoil in previous years. A suite of substantial drilling targets have been defined on block 3A within the surveyed area and Vanoil plans to select its first two well locations by the end of November.
Vanoil has furthermore signed a contract with Sinopec to secure the last available onshore drilling rig in Kenya. The rig is stacked in Nairobi and ready for mobilization. Vanoil's contract includes two firm wells and an option for two more.
With its seismic surveys completed and a drilling rig in place, Vanoil is on track to spud its first well in 1Q 2013.
"Vanoil has completed a comprehensive exploration program in Kenya, using 3D seismic and the latest interpretation techniques to produce robust drilling targets. Securing the last available onshore rig in Kenya allowed Vanoil to avoid substantial mobilization fees and to be ready for its first well in 1Q 2013," Aaron D'Este commented.
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