Tullow strikes oil again in Kenya

FTSE 100 explorer Tullow Oil said it had made a second discovery in the Lokichar Basin area of Kenya.

FTSE 100 explorer Tullow Oil said it had made a second discovery in the Lokichar Basin area of Kenya.

The firm said the Twiga South-1 exploration well, in which it holds a 50% stake, had encountered 30 metres of net oil pay with further potential to be assessed on testing.

It also encountered a tight fractured rock section with hydrocarbon shows over a gross interval of 796 metres.

Twiga South-1 has been drilled to a total depth of 3,250 metres and has been successfully logged and sampled, the company added.

The site is the second prospect to be tested in the Lokichar Basin as part of a multi-well drilling campaign in Kenya and Ethiopia.

It is located 22km to the north of the Ngamia-1A discovery, made earlier in 2012.

Exploration Director Angus McCoss, said this follow on discovery reaffirmed the considerable prospectivity of the Lokichar Basin.

"Having significantly expanded our plans in Kenya and Ethiopia, there is much to look forward to as the exploration campaign and testing programme move ahead," he said.

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