Exploration in Kenya intensifying

Jan 15, 1997 01:00 AM

Jan. 4, 1996 Kenya has speeded up oil explorations on its territories over the recent years. Currently the search for oil is focused on 15 blocks in northern and north-eastern Kenya, covering 2,370 to 33,416 square kilometres. Oil deposits in Kenya, which have been found so far, are proved to be uneconomical for exploitation. However there are many remaining opportunities which have been observed from seismic data. The Rift Basin, especially the northern part of Kenya's Rift Valley, is considered the most promising area. The oil geology of the area is similar with Angola's Cabinda, Sudan's Abu Garda and Brazil's Reconcavo Basin, all famous oil-rich regions in the world. The oil search in Kenya dated from the early 1950s when Shell and other British companies exploited oil in the Lamu Embayment zone in eastern Kenya. Big petroleum companies including Chevron-Esso and Texas Pacific also had drilled test wells in Kenya under the permission of the government by the mid-1970s. The Kenyan government has passed lawsto attract foreign petroleum companies to exploit oil in the country.

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