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February 20, 2019

Gas drilling expedition in lamu well on course-official

The Sh2.5 billion gas exploration plan on Lamu’s Pate Island is on track, an official has said.
Zarara Oil and Gas Company country manager Peter Nduru said they have started drilling following the arrival of a bigger rig at the site a few days ago. The firm is a subsidiary of Midway Resources International.
Nduru said they hope to hit the gas deposits soon enough. The quality of the gas will be tested and subsequently, full drilling will begin. Nduru spoke in Lamu yesterday.
“We are done with drilling the Pate 2 top hole, which is 300m. We have began drilling deeper at 4,500m below sea level in the same hole. If the gas deposits are much, as we perceive, we shall start full drilling shortly thereafter,” he said.
The gas exploration is being done on block L4 and block L13, which are located near the Sh2.5 trillion Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) Corridor project.
Nduru said once the gas is found, it would boost generation of power for the Lapsset project.
Zarara Oil promised to give residents first priority when employing workers. More than 300 residents have been hired for the project.
The drilling on Pate Island was scheduled to begin in June last year, but it was delayed due to technical and financial issues.
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