Source: Dominion Petroleum
Dominion Petroleum commenced drilling the Ngaji-1 exploration well in Uganda’s Lake Edward Basin on Exploration Area 4B. The well is targeting a depth of 2,000 meters and should be completed by July.
The John-14 rig was transported without incident to the drilling site on the Ngaji (Silverback) prospect in May and June.
The Ngaji location was chosen as it was deemed the best place to test the geology of the Lake Edward Basin in Uganda; specifically designed to identify elements of a working petroleum system.
Dominion has put in place a full Emergency Response and Evacuation Plan with teams at the site, Kampala and London.
An Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for a follow-on seismic program has also been initiated for subsequent appraisal work on the acreage later in the year, followed by more drilling in 2011.
"We are very pleased to announce that drilling has commenced on Ngaji yesterday. This is the first well ever in the Lake Edward Basin and the data gathered will guide our future work in the area,” said Andrew Cochran, chief executive of Dominion Petroleu. "If the well is encouraging in terms of geology we will acquire additional seismic before year's end to support a much expanded exploration and appraisal drilling program commencing early next year.”
Exploration Area 4B in Uganda
On 27th July 2007, Dominion Petroleum's subsidiary, Dominion Uganda Limited, signed a Production Sharing Agreement with the Government of the Republic of Uganda which grants it exclusive rights to explore for petroleum in Exploration Area 4B.
EA4B is located in the south-west of Uganda including most of the Ugandan part of Lake Edward. This area is a previously unexplored part of the Albertine Rift Basin where significant oil discoveries have been made since 2006. Dominion believes that EA4B offers similar exploration potential.
In 2009, ERC Energy Resource Consultants Limited determined the mean net recoverable resources in the first four prospects to be drilled to be 359 Million barrels (64 Million barrels risked). Dominion has identified a further 9 leads that require more seismic definition but that may mature into drillable prospects.