Simba Energy Inc. and Essel Group Middle East (EGME) have advised that work is underway on the 2D seismic survey of Block 2A in Wajir County. The study covering an area of approximately 535km and roughly 400km has already been cleared in preparation for shooting which is underway as well. Survey production has been completed on over half of the testing area.
The survey being carried out by AGS Oilfield Services Ltd will identify and evaluate areas with hydrocarbon potential in Block 2A. The two specific aims for the seismic survey are to pinpoint the optimum locations for drilling and to estimate depths and volumes for primary and secondary drilling targets.
In addition, both partners have announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a new drilling rig to aid in exploration activities on the Block. The rig will be delivered by DNV GL, a world-leading classification society and risk management company.
Mr. Gagan Goel, Chairman of Simba Energy and Managing Director of EGME, said “The work on the seismic survey and the acquisition of a drilling rig is further evidence of the progress being made in developing our portfolio of oil and gas assets. The testing is ongoing and we remain extremely confident in the prospects for Block 2A. We look forward to working with DNV GL on bringing the rig into operation. ”
In other news, Tullow has confirmed that it will start commercial oil production in June 2017. This is as a result of a successful oil exploration in Turkana County where significant deposits were discovered by Tullow Oil in 2012. As at now the British firm has recorded the region’s reserves to stand at 750 million barrels, which is estimated to be commercially viable at KES5, 050 per barrel. Meanwhile, the government is constructing an infrastructure to be used in transporting crude oil from Turkana by road to Eldoret for onward delivery by rail to Mombasa port.