CNOOC to begin tests for natural gas in Northern Kenya
CNOOC is to start test drill of a well in northern Kenya this week to determine the quantity and quality of natural gas, the Dow Jones Newswires reported on Tuesday. CNOOC is to bring equipment to the Boghal well in the country, in which natural gas flows were found earlier this year.
According to the report, CNOOC firstly wanted to explore crude oil in the region, but it then changed its mind to focus on natural gas reserves instead. The report quoted Patrick Nyoike, the permanent secretary at Kenya's ministry of energy, as saying that the outcome of the tests will be known in about a month.
CNOOC, the parent company of CNOOC Ltd, has set foot in several oil and gas exploration and development projects in Africa. It is now holds 45 percent equity of Nigeria's offshore Akpo oilfield, which is with a daily output of 175,000 barrels, at the Gulf of Guinea in the West Africa. It is now also having a deal on asset acquisition in Uganda waiting for government approval.