Tullow Oil Commences Drilling Operations in South Omo, Southern Ethiopia

Image: Tullow Drilling Locations in Omo, Ethiopia

Jan. 22, 2013

Tullow Ethiopia (Tullow) has commenced drilling operations at the Sabisa-1 exploration well in the South Omo concession areas of the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR.) This drilling operation comes after an extensive 18-month seismic campaign, which also included one of the world’s largest airborne gravity surveys, covering approximately 18,000 sq.km. The results of this seismic activity helped to determine the location of Tullow’s first exploration well in the South Omo block.

“After processing the seismic data, a drilling location (Sabisa) was identified some 15 kilometres from Omorate town. A Polish drilling contractor, OGEC, is conducting the drilling operation which commenced today,” Tullow Oil Ethiopia country manager Petros Abebe said.

Given that this is the first oil exploration well in the area testing for an entirely new petroleum system in the undrilled South Omo Basin, it may take several months to determine the results. The rig is expected to drill up to two further wells in Tullow’s Ethiopian rift basin acreage during 2013,” he added.

Tullow Oil has been working very closely with the Ministry of Mines and other various government agencies and stakeholders while conducting its operations.

So far Tullow has created more than 600 job opportunities for local people and has also been engaged in community development in providing ambulances, equipping health facilities and schools in the south Omo zone of SNNPR.

Sabisa means heron in English in recognition of the abundant bird life found in the South Omo and Chew Bahir basins in the concession area.

Tullow is a leading independent oil and gas exploration and production group, quoted on the London, Irish and Ghanaian (symbol: TLW) stock exchanges and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. The Group has interests in over 100 exploration and production licences across 23 countries, which are managed as three regional business units: West and North Africa, South and East Africa and Europe, South America and Asia.

Source: The Reporter