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Oil drilling survey takes off in Mandera

30 May 2014, 17:40

Nairobi - Simba Energy is undertaking airborne surveys that are expected to continue for several days in Block 2A in Mandera.

The company's airborne FTG survey (Full Tensor Gradiometry), which begun ten days ago, has been expanded to cover a new and significant target area identified by preliminary FTG results received to date.

A statement by the company said that the aircraft initially covered the secondary smaller survey area (850kms²) at the southwest boundary of Block 2A in order to investigate the area within the Anza basin.

Results to date for the FTG survey in this area have been encouraging.

Simba Energy said that the results from the survey would serve to provide better targeting and more cost-effective 2-D seismic acquisition, which it has planned for later in the year and is preliminary to final drilling decisions.

"Simba has had discussions with a number of companies expressing interest in farming directly in to Block 2A to undertake a 2D seismic program with a drilling commitment, based on these FTG results currently being generated." stated Robert Dinning, President and Chief Executive Officer of the company.

Simba Energy had earlier announced that it hoped that once Africa Oil completed exploration at Block 9 which shares a boundary with Block 2A, it would provide insight into the prospectivity of the eastern margins of the Anza basin.

Block 2A is near to the South Lokichar basin where Africa oil and Tullow Oil have had significant discoveries.

Block 2A's concession area overlies the southern extents of both the Anza basin, one of the largest Tertiary-age rift basins in the East African rift system and with a geological setting similar to the South Lokichar basin as well as the Mandera basin where the Tarbaj-1 well and nearby oil seeps in the south of Block 1 have already confirmed the presence of a petroleum system.

 - CAJ News

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