Apache Drills Ahead at Mbawa Well, Offshore Kenya
Pancontinental Oil & Gas NL has announced the Mbawa well, located in Block L8 offshore Kenya, has reached a depth of 2,006m RT (below the drill floor), where a second casing string is being set.
Operations are continuing according to the drilling plan. Both the primary and main secondary exploration targets are deeper than the current drill depth and it is anticipated that these will be penetrated at several levels below the casing once the casing has been set and drilling has recommenced.
Thee planned Total Depth of the well is 3,275m RT and the deepest of the exploration targets is near to the final planned drilling depth.
The drillship Deepsea Metro 1, operated by Apache, is expected to spend a total of about 60 days for well operations.
While offshore East Africa has the potential to become one of the world’s foremost LNG producing regions, it has been predicted that in the northern part of the East African margin offshore Kenya will prove to be oil-prone rather than gas-prone.
Pancontinental, which owns a 15% stake in the joint venture, estimates that the Mbawa Prospect has potential to contain more than 4.9 Billion Barrels of oil.
Offshore Energy Today Staff, August 29, 2012