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Vertical axis in chart corresponds to thousands of barrels of oil equivalent per day.

Oil -  fossil oil produced from on and offshore reservoirs, including tight sands/shales; and liquids extracted from gas.

Gas - sales gas produced from on and offshore reservoirs, including tight sands/shales and coal beds.O

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Vertical axis in chart corresponds to number of wells spudded in year including stand-alone sidetracks.

Wells in chart include those drilled in exploratory and development categories for oil and gas, but excluding CBM.

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Exploration and Production

Early history

In 1975 a number of consortia acquired acreage in the upper part of the Lamu Basin. Texas Pacific drilled Hargaso-1 in 1975 and encountered oil and gas shows in the Cretaceous. In 1976 Chevron and Esso drilled Anza-1 and Bahati-1 in the southern part of Anza Basin, also encountering shows. Three wells were drilled in the offshore Lamu Basin (Simba-1, Maridadi-1 and Kofia-1) in 1982 by a consortium of Cities Services, Marathon and Union.

Modern history

In 1986 legislation in Kenya was revised and the Government entered into a joint venture with Petro-Canada International Assistance Corporation. Seismic work was conducted and the deep Kencan-1 well was drilled.

A group of companies led by Amoco and Total then drilled 10 wells, 8 of them in Anza Basin and 2 in the Mandera Basin between 1985 and 1990 some of which had oil and gas shows. Total drilled Ndovu-1, Duma-1 and Kaisut-1 in the North Anza Basin while Amoco drilled Sirius-1, Bellatrix-1 and Chalbi-3 in the Northwest Anza Basin and Hothori-1 well in the South Anza Basin.

Amoco farmed out 50% to Shell who drilled Eliye Springs-1 and Loperot-1 west of Lake Turkana in a Tertiary Rift Basin. The Loperot-1 recovered waxy oil from a Miocene sandstone interval. From 1991 to 1995 a Lamu Basin study was conducted and  the Lamu embayment was subdivided into 10 exploration blocks leading to the signing of 7 PSCs covering blocks L5, L6, L7, L8, L9, L10 & L11 between 2000 and 2002. A total of 7884 kms of 2D seismic data was acquired offshore by Woodside in 2003.

Meanwhile a Tertiary Rift Study was conducted, which was completed in 2001.

In development

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Petroleum Exploration in Kenya begun in the 1950’s with the first well drilled in 1960. British Petroleum and Shell began exploring in Kenya in 1954 in the Lamu Embayment drilling 10 wells some of which had oil shows.

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