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Petroleum exploration company Pancontinental Oil & Gas has announced the commencement of drilling on the Sunbird-1 exploration well located in licence area L10A, offshore Kenya.

According to the Australian company, the L10A joint venture (JV) operator BG Group manages the well using the drillship Deepsea Metro 1.

With an option to extend to 3,700m, the Sunbird-1 well, which is claimed to be the first-ever test of a Miocene Pinnacle Reef offshore East Africa, is planned to take 50 to 60 days to drill to 3,000m below sea level.

The company has also planned extensive wireline logging and pressure as well as fluid sampling.

As part the drilling project, the JV intends to plug and abandon the well in accordance with normal good oilfield practice, regardless of the drilling outcome.

However the well, which has a water depth of 721m, will be left in a condition that would allow re-entry later on.

"The well, which has a water depth of 721m, will be left in a condition that would allow re-entry later on."

Sunbird-1 is said to be the first-ever exploration well in L10A in the Lamu basin offshore Kenya.

The company noted that an extensive trend of Miocene Reefs is evident in its four licence areas offshore southern Kenya.

Sunbird-1 well is regarded as a ‘tight hole’ exploration well and the results will be announced upon completion of the drilling and assessment and integration of the data that is collected.

The Kenya L10A consortium comprises BG Group – the operator, which owns 50%, PTTEP 31.25% and Pancontinental 18.75%.

Pancontinental has interests in a range of very large oil and gas targets in Australia and Africa.


Image: L10A and L10B prospects and leads map. Photo courtesy of Pancontinental Oil & Gas.

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