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3D Seismic Opportunity in Kenya’s Lamu Basin

Monday, April 8, 2019

Kenya’s Ministry of Petroleum has opened the bidding round for firms to tender their interest in conducting 3D seismic survey over the shallow water of the Lamu Basin “for purposes of promoting the area for petroleum exploration and development.”

The government’s offshore oil hunt signals a renewed drive for more discoveries following a series of oil finds onshore in northern Kenya’s Lokichar Basin made by Africa Oil Corp. and Tullow Oil.

The Petroleum Ministry said in a notice that the contracted bidding firms will be expected to gather additional 3D seismic data on top of what is currently available and process it to create data profiles. The firm will also be required to reprocess the existing 3D data to derive additional data products or volumes and offer support to the ministry in planning and organizing a licensing round for the blocks, scheduled for 2021.

The winning bidder will also be required to interpret historic and newly acquired 3D seismic data and integrate it with other datasets, as well as ensure skills exchange among Ministry and National Oil staff on acquisition, processing and interpretation of 3D data, including economic modelling.

Lastly, the contracted firm will assist in activating the proposed upgrade of the existing National Petroleum Data Center system as a platform for data marketing.