Africa Oil announces update on its operations in Kenya and Ethiopia
AA – Africa Oil Corp. (“Africa Oil” or the “Company”) (TSX:AOI)(OMX:AOI) is pleased to announce an update on its operations in Kenya and Ethiopia.
In the third quarter of 2015, the Amosing-5A exploratory appraisal well in Block 10BB was drilled as a test of an undrilled fault block. The well encountered an estimated 15 to 28 metres of net oil pay in a downflank position and successfully proved a northern extension to the Amosing field.
The Twiga-3 exploratory appraisal well in Block 13T encountered sands within the Lokone Shale sequence that are interpreted as good quality oil bearing reservoir over a gross interval of 120 metres. This result will be assessed in future exploration and appraisal activities, stepping out into the South Lokichar basin to further define this encouraging additional oil potential.
Following completion of appraisal activities, the Marriot 46 is now drilling the Emesek-1 basin opening well, which will test the undrilled North Lokichar basin. The well was spudded on 15 October and drilling is ongoing. Following Emesek-1, the Marriot 46 will move to drill the Etom-2 well in an undrilled fault block adjacent to the Etom oil discovery. The rig will then move to drill the Cheptuket-1 exploration well in Block 12A and will test a basin bounding structural closure in the undrilled Kerio Valley Basin, in a similar structural setting to the successful Ngamia and Amosing discoveries.
The production phase of the Extended Well Testing (EWT) programme has been completed at the Amosing field and is ongoing at the Ngamia field. Pressure communication was observed during the Amosing EWT in all five reservoir zones tested over distances of approximately 330 to 450 metres. These results prove reservoir communication over distances suitable for field development. The production phase of the Ngamia field EWT commenced in September. Results to date indicate well productivity in line with expectations and proven communication in one zone to date.
East Africa Development
Discussions with the Government regarding the draft field development plan for the discoveries in the South Lokichar Basin continue positively, with targeted submission by year-end 2015. Preparation for FEED is also under way, and is expected to commence in 2016.
In August 2015, a bilateral agreement was reached between the Presidents of Uganda and Kenya adopting the Northern Kenya route for the regional crude oil pipeline, subject to certain conditions. Africa Oil continues to support both countries in moving this project forward as quickly and efficiently as possible taking into account the needs of all stakeholders.
Seismic activities have been completed on the Rift Valley Block and the contractor has demobilized.
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