UK-based explorer Tullow Oil said it is keen to expand exploration across East Africa, a senior company official said.

The firm was the first to strike oil in Uganda in early 2006 and is in the process of acquiring Heritage Oil’s 50% equity in jointly owned exploration blocks 1 and 3A.

“I can’t be specific, but what I can confirm is that we’re currently looking at a range of opportunities in East Africa,” Brian Glover, Tullow Oil Uganda country manager, told Reuters.

He said he could not confirm African reports about the company’s forays into Kenya. Regional paper The East African reported that Tullow was involved in a turf battle with a Canadian company Centric Energy over a Kenyan exploration block.

Foreign interest in East Africa’s hydrocarbon potential has surged since Uganda struck commercial deposits.