Africa-focused independent explorer Tullow Oil reported Tuesday that the Emesek-1 exploration well in the North Lokichar basin, northern Kenya, has failed to find commercial hydrocarbons. The Emesek-1 well, located on Block 13T, was drilled to a depth of 9,840 feet by the PR Marriott 46 rig.
The well will now be plugged and abandoned. Following the completion of operations the rig will move to the South Lokichar basin to drill the Etom-2 well, which is expected to spud in late November.
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Tullow Exploration Director Angus McCoss commented in a company statement: “The Emesek-1 well was the first well to be drilled in the North Lokichar basin. While this wildcat well did not find commercial hydrocarbons, it provides valuable data as we assess the wider prospectivity of this basin.” Tullow operates Block 13T with a 50-percent equity stake.