Tullow Oil has discovered oil in two zones during drilling on an onshore block in Northern Kenya that bodes well for preparing the asset for full development.

The discovery was found at around 75 metres of net oil pay in two zones in the Emekuya-1 well in Block 13T, which is located 2.5 km north of Etom-2.

Angus McCoss, Exploration Director, said: "The Emekuya-1 exploratory appraisal well has made an important discovery in the northern part of the South Lokichar Basin. This well has proven oil charge across a significant part of the Greater Etom structure and we are very encouraged by the quality and particularly the regional extent of the reservoir. We now look forward to the remainder of the Kenya exploration and appraisal campaign in support of the ongoing work to prepare this important asset for Full Field Development."

The well was drilled by the PR Marriott Rig-46 to a total measured depth of 1,356 metres and penetrated reservoir quality Miocene sandstones which correlate to those seen in the successful Etom-2 well.

Samples show that the main oil reservoir is on the same static pressure gradient as the Etom-2 well which demonstrates that a major part of the Greater Etom structure is oil-filled. The reservoir sands encountered also appear to be extensive which further de-risks the northern play area and bodes well for future exploration in the region.

Tullow operates Blocks 13T and 10BB with 50 per cent equity and is partnered by Africa Oil Corporation and Maersk Oil both with 25 per cent.

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