Apache Starts Searching for Oil Offshore Kenya
Apache Corporation has, on behalf of the L-8 consortium, spudded Mbawa exploration well offshore Kenya.
The Mbawa 1 exploration well spudded at 6:00 hours local time on 10 August 2012.
Mbawa 1 is located in the Mbawa Prospect in offshore Kenya. The modern drillship Deepsea Metro 1 is expected to take about 60 days for this drilling operation, which will reach a total depth of 3,250m subsea in a water depth of 864m.
The well is expected to take some 45 to 60 days to complete to a planned total depth of 3,250m subsea in water depth of 860m.
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 13, 2012