Tullow Oil is set to determine the viability of oil and mineral deposits in Kisumu County oil block by the end of this year. Currently, the firm is analysing and scanning samples from the area to establish oil and minerals in the block 12B.
Tullow Oil under a private-public partnership has set aside KES 150 million under its group scholarship scheme to sponsor 30 Kenyan students to study courses in oil drilling. Five of the students undertaking the course are from Kisumu.
The company technicians have toured various sub-counties in the Nyanza region believed to have oil deposits including Kisumu, Homa Bay, Kericho and Migori. The company has also put up a number of schools, health facilities and drilled boreholes as part of its social corporate responsibility.
In other news, Africa Oil has announced that Ngamia-8, a well in the Lokichar Basin shared jointly with Tullow Oil, has yielded 200 metres of oil improving the prospect of more oil finds in the region.
The company also reported that the Amosing-4 well in the same Basin had been drilled and had successfully encountered 27 meters of net oil pay. Moreover, Africa Oil has completed oil exploration in Amosing-1 and Amosing-2 wells with estimation of 5,600 and 6,000 barrels of oil.