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State oil firm seeks prospectors on its exploration block

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Oil exploration in progress. State owned National Oil Corporation plans to start gathering data on its exploration block in north western Kenya Photo/FILE

Oil exploration in progress. State owned National Oil Corporation plans to start gathering data on its exploration block in north western Kenya Photo/FILE 

By BD REPORTER

Posted  Monday, February 4  2013 at  14:51

State owned National Oil Corporation plans to start gathering data on its exploration block in north western Kenya.

The state firm is seeking international prospectors to acquire the two dimension seismic data on 400 kilometres in Block 14T.

To the south of the area lies Block 10BB where Tullow Oil struck oil in March last year.

“The acquisition of the data will inform a drilling decision is part of the ongoing preparatory works in readiness for drilling in the area,” said the oil firm in a statement.

NOCK acquired the block in November 2010 and has so far completed geological mapping of the block.

A two dimensional (2D) seismic survey is an exploration method used to create a map of the structures beneath the earth’s surface by sending energy waves into the Earth.

The different rock formations then reflect the waves back to the surface, where they are recorded over a period of time and converted into an image.

The image helps geoscientists identifying possible deposits of petroleum in an exploration area.