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Cepsa-led joint venture launches survey of onshore Kenyan block

23rd April 2014

Local partners of the Spanish exploration and production firm Compañía Española de Petróleos, Cepsa, have begun 2D seismic surveying in Block11A

Cepsa-led joint venture launches survey of onshore Kenyan block
Block 11A is located to the northwest of the Lokichar Basin where the significant Ekales-1, Agete-1, Etuka-1, Ngamia-1 and Twiga South-1 oil discoveries were made

Cepsa’s joint venture partner, ERHC Energy, has announced the start of a 2D seismic programme covering at least 1,000 line kilometers on Block 11A in Kenya.  The work is being carried out on behalf of the joint venture by a local subsidiary of Chinese geoscience surveying firm BGP.

Block 11A is located to the northwest of the Lokichar Basin where the significant Ekales-1, Agete-1, Etuka-1, Ngamia-1 and Twiga South-1 oil discoveries were made. ERHC holds a 35 per cent interest in the Block after farming out a 55 percent stake to Cepsa, which is now the operator. The remaining 10 percent interest in the Block is held by the Kenyan government.

“Upon completion of the 2D seismic program this summer, ERHC and its operating partner will have satisfied the minimum work program requirements for the initial two-year exploration period under terms of the Block 11A Production Sharing Contract,” said Peter Thuo, general manager of ERHC Kenya.

The 2D seismic programme was designed to cover areas of interest resulting from structural mapping of prospective basins enabled by the airborne Full Tensor Gravity Gradiometry (FTG) survey of Block 11A completed recently. The FTG survey confirmed that the Lotikipi basin extends into Block 11A significantly advanced the exploration team’s understanding of the internal structure of the Lotikipi rift basin and enabled the identification of the most prospective areas.

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