The ongoing drilling of the Pate 2 well in Lamu’s Pate Island in Block L4 is going on as scheduled and according to Zarara Oil and Gas country officials, the drilling is expected to reach total depth in mid-October (2018).
The well is drilled using the Sakson SK046 drilling rig since August 10th 2018 is currently at a depth of 3400 meters of the expected total depth of 4500 meters.
The drilling company said that if its strike any gas, testing will begin to test the quality of the gas as well as to determine the quantities.
Pate-2 was stepped out 300 meters from the Pate-1 well. Targets are the basal Kipini sandstones that flowed gas in Pate-1 as well as Paleocene-Cretaceous sands.
According to Chief Operating Officer Austen Titford of Zarara’s Nairobi office, Pate-2 confirmed the original Pate-1 discovery.
Pate-3 will be drilled directionally from the same site as Pate-2. Kenya’s government currently holds 10% carried interest. If commercial, the government has rights to another 10% interest. Zarara Oil Company holds the remainder.