Pancontinental Oil & Gas NL has informed that the exploration well Sunbird-1 has started drilling in Licence area L10A offshore Kenya.
The well is managed by the L10A Joint Venture operator BG Group, using the drillship Deepsea Metro 1.
The Sunbird-1 well is planned to take 50 to 60 days to drill to 3,000m below sea level, with an option to extend to 3,700m.
Extensive wireline logging and both pressure and fluid sampling are planned. The Joint Venture intends to plug and abandon the well in accordance with normal good oilfield practice regardless of the drilling outcome, however it is planned to leave the well in a condition that would allow re-entry at a later date. Water depth is 721m. Sunbird-1 is the first-ever test of a Miocene Pinnacle Reef offshore East Africa and the first-ever exploration well in L10A in the Lamu Basin offshore Kenya. An extensive trend of Miocene Reefs is evident in Pancontinental’s four licence areas offshore southern Kenya.
Sunbird-1 is regarded as a “tight hole” exploration well and results will be announced after completion of the drilling and assessment and integration of the gathered data.
Pancontinental’s ASX release dated 9 December 2013 provides additional information on the Sunbird Prospect and the L10A and L10B licences.
The Kenya L10A consortium consists of: BG Group (Operator) 50%; PTTEP 31.25%; Pancontinental 18.75%
Press Release, January 06, 2014