American independent Anadarko has completed drilling its Kubwa well in the L-07 Block offshore Kenya, which encountered non-commercial oil shows in reservoir-quality sands.
It’s the company’s first probe of Kenya’s deepwater, and the second well in the terrain in eight months. The Mbawa South well in Block 8, drilled in third quarter 2012 by Apache Corp., another American independent, encountered 53metre net gas pay, making it the first hydrocarbon discovery offshore Kenya, but Apache itself is not particularly excited. The company’s carefully worded statement simply says: “We have a 50-percent interest in the block and continue to analyze the well data to determine future exploration activities”.
Anardako, however, is more forthcoming in its announcement of the result of Kubwa, even though the hydrocarbon found is non-commercial and the footage is not even disclosed. “We are very encouraged with our first test of Kenya’s previously unexplored deepwater basin, in which mudlog and well-site evaluation of core data indicates the presence of a working petroleum system with reservoir-quality sands,” said the company’s Sr. Vice President, Worldwide Exploration Bob Daniels. “The Kubwa well tested multiple play concepts and provided useful data regarding the prospectivity of our six-million-acre position offshore Kenya. The rig will now mobilize south to drill the Kiboko well.”
Anadarko operates the L-07 Block with a 50-percent working interest. Co-venturers in the L-07 Block include Total E&P Kenya B.V. (40 percent) and PTT Exploration & Production Plc (10 percent).