Apache Corp has completed the Nanaa 3D seismic survey covering an area of 1,400km² in block L8, off the coast of Kenya.

The study was conducted on behalf of L8 Joint Venture, which includes Apache Corp with a 50% stake, Origin Energy, with a 20% interest. In addition, Pancontinental Oil & Gas and Tullow Kenya each hold a 15% interest.

Pancontinental chief executive officer Barry Rushworth was reported by Oil Voice as saying that the completion of the survey was positive for petroleum prospectivity in the offshore region.

"The new Nanaa 3D survey should add considerable volumetric potential to the L8 inventory of hydrocarbon prospects and leads, and in the event of success on Mbawa we expect to have a substantial ready-made inventory of follow-up opportunities for drilling," he said.

The survey covers the large Nanaa and Kozi Leads, as well as the large Bundi and Tai Prospects.

Data processing and interpretation are expected to be completed by the end of this year.