Kenya: Dominion to operate Block 9 offshore

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Mar. 21
– The Ministry of Energy has awarded Dominion Petroleum Ltd. operatorship and a 60% working interest in Block L9 off Mombasa, Kenya.

Dominion, which also holds Block 7 off Tanzania, said that due to the amount of interest expressed by potential partners in Block 7 it may seek to include L9 in any subsequent farmout process and try to coordinate exploratory activities.

Total SA drilled the Simba-1 well 60 miles off Mombasa on the block in 1978-79 to a total depth of 3,604 m in Late Cretaceous. The well was plugged and abandoned with gas shows in the Tertiary/Upper Cretaceous, suggesting a working petroleum system in the Lamu basin. Oil seeps have been identified north of L9.

Following signature, the initial exploration period will last for 2 years. A gross minimum work commitment of $6.15 million includes shooting 500 sq km of 3D seismic. After 2 years the option is to relinquish or commit to another 2 years with a one-well obligation.

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now


Logistics Risk Management in the Transformer Industry

Transformers often are shipped thousands of miles, involving multiple handoffs,and more than a do...

Secrets of Barco UniSee Mount Revealed

Last year Barco introduced UniSee, a revolutionary large-scale visualization platform designed to...

The Time is Right for Optimum Reliability: Capital-Intensive Industries and Asset Performance Management

Imagine a plant that is no longer at risk of a random shutdown. Imagine not worrying about losing...

Going Digital: The New Normal in Oil & Gas

In this whitepaper you will learn how Keystone Engineering, ONGC, and Saipem are using software t...