Oil in Kenya
Oil in Kenya: Oil discovery after exploratory drilling by oil companies in Kenya around the Turkana region signified a major breakthrough for Kenya.
The find at the Ngamia I well, announced in March 2012 and said to have exceeded expectations of Anglo-Irish oil exploration ﬁrm Tullow Oil, could be the start of a long journey to make Kenya an oil producer.
Tullow Oil is drilling more wells to establish the commercial viability of the oil. The firm will also continue to drill Ngamia-I well to a total depth of approximately 2,700 metres to explore for deeper potential.
The net pay encountered so far in Ngamia-1 is said to be more than double that encountered by Tullow in any of its East African exploration wells to date.
Tullow Oil, which also struck oil in neighbouring Uganda, has found oil in, or off the coast of, a number of African countries, including Ghana and Sierra Leone.
Oil in Kenya – Oil Exploration in Kenya
A total of 14 companies are involved in petroleum exploration activities at present and they occupy 26 out of a total of 38 exploration blocks (68 per cent). The same number of petroleum-sharing contracts have been granted.
The involved companies are:
Oil in Kenya – Oil Exploration Companies in Kenya
- Africa Oil Corporation – Block 9
- Anadarko/Global Dynamic -Blocks L5, L7, L11A, L11B, L12
- British Gas Group – Blocks L10A, L1OB
- Tullow Oil – Blocks 10A, 10BA, 10BB, 12A, 13T
- Lion Petroleum – Blocks 1, 2B
- EAX – Blocks L17, L18
- Flow Energy – Block L6
- National Oil – Block l4T
- Apachel Origin Energy – Block L8
- Dominion – Block L9, L15
- Simba Petroleum – Block 2A
- Zarara Oil – Blocks L4, L13
- Gasd/ SOHI – Blocks L4, L13
- Vanoil Resources – Blocks 3A, 3B.
Oil in Kenya – Oil Exploration Results
To date, a total of 32 wells have so far been drilled in the country. Some 17 are located in Lamu Basin, 11 in Anza Basin, 2 in Mandera Basin and 2 in the Tertiary Rift. Of these, 20 had hydrocarbon shows with more than seven known oil seeps spread throughout the four basins.
This conﬁrms that all four Kenyan sedimentary basins possess mature hydrocarbon regimes capable of accumulating economical reserves where sub-surface rocks, reservoirs and traps do occur in the right combination to denote the potential for oil production.
The interest shown by international companies in East Africa and Kenya in particular, is reﬂected by a surge in the number of farm-ins and take overs of already signed deals that were formerly held by small and often not very well known petroleum companies worldwide by major oil players in the market. The entry of big multinational oil companies promises further increased exploration activities in the region formerly regarded as an “oil frontier. ”
Their presence has ignited high interest in major service companies which are strategising to take up existing opportunities. As an example, BGP and Great Wall companies of China have set up local offices for the same purpose while Schlumberger Company is negotiating with the University of Nairobi with an intention of setting up a local training and operations office in addition to the one it has in Uganda. The aim is to set up equipment capable of acquiring, processing and interpreting geophysical data to serve the entire East African region.
Oil Companies in Kenya
Oil Companies in Kenya
The Oil Companies in Kenya are fully integrated State Corporations, involved in all aspects of the petroleum supply chain covering the upstream oil and gas exploration, midstream petroleum infrastructure development and downstream marketing of petroleum products.
Oil Companies in Kenya – Kenya’s Top Three
Kenya’s top three oil marketing companies entrenched their dominance in the second quarter of the year, raising their combined market shares to levels last seen in the late 2000s. Total Kenya, Shell and Kenol Kobil are the leading companies.
List of Oil Companies in Kenya
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Oil Companies in Kenya – Contractors
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Oil Companies in Kenya – Petroleum Products
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