Operator Africa Oil has drilled a large 80 square kilometres anticlinal feature along the northern basin bounding fault in Kenya and discovered several sandstone intervals containing oil and gas shows.
The well was drilled to a depth of 3,030 meters.
Africa Oil CEO said, "We are very excited about the opening a new basin and the possibilities of bringing significant value to the company by our Block 9 discovery.”
Africa Oil is the operator of Block 9 with a 50 per cent working interest. Marathon Oil Kenya Limited B.V. has the remaining 50 per cent interest.
An appraisal plan to follow up this discovery is currently being evaluated by the partnership in consultation with the Kenyan government.
In 2013 the government of Kenya launched its "+5000 MW by 2016 - Power to transform Kenya" initiative with ambitious plans to increase Kenya's power generating capacity by 5,000 Mega Watts in 40 months.
The discovery of indigenous gas in significant quantities in Block 9 has the potential to offer a far more cost effective fuel source for these power projects that will also provide positive environmental and local development benefits.