Tullow encounters oil in Kerio Valley

British oil exploration firm Tullow has announced a discovery of oil traces that it said points to significant oil deposits in northern Kenya.

Wednesday March 16 2016

An oil rig at Ngamia 1 where Tullow Oil Company is exploring oil, 25km from Lokichar in Turkana County. Tullow Oil will drill the first exploration well in Kerio Valley, Elgeyo Marakwet County, during the first quarter of next year.  FILE PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

An oil rig at Ngamia 1 where Tullow Oil Company is exploring oil, 25km from Lokichar in Turkana County. FILE PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By LILIAN OCHIENG'
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British oil exploration firm Tullow has announced a discovery of oil traces that it said points to significant oil deposits in northern Kenya's Kerio Valley Basin.

The oil explorer said it was the most significant finding in Kenya outside the South Lokichar Basin.

"The strong oil shows encountered in Cheptuket-1 indicate the presence of an active petroleum system with significant oil generation," said Tullow in a statement.

Tullow operates the oil block (Block 12A) at 40 per cent equity, in partnership with Delonex Energy at 40 per cent and Africa Oil Corporation at 20 per cent.

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