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Kenya edges closer to the big league with drilling campaigns

New drilling campaigns underway will decide whether the country joins its neighbours as an East African upstream player

Kenya's plans for its nascent hydrocarbons industry are ambitious. While it remains to be seen whether the government can harness the finance needed to realise its vision of becoming a regional export hub, a series of oil discoveries suggest that domestic reserves needed to underpin it may exist. Tullow Oil's Ekales-1 wildcat find on Block 13T, announced in September, was the company's fourth consecutive discovery in the Lokichar Basin in northwest Kenya since it started drilling there in 2012. On making its previous discovery, at its Etuko-1 well in nearby Block 10BB in July, the company declared that "basin volumes are now expected to exceed the threshold for development studies to commen

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