Simba Energy has announced that survey work on Block 2A commenced on Sunday June 12, 2016 as earlier announced and will be followed in the next ten days by the cutting of the seismic lines, in order that seismic data acquisition can occur.
This follows days of opposition by the adjacent community in Wajir who feared that the exercise would lead to the destruction of the environment and displacement from fields the pastoralist communities grazes their animals for pasture.
“The Company is also pleased to report that following Simba’s Managing Director- Operations, Hassan Hassan’s successful meetings with elders and community leaders in Wajir, Kenya, the parties have come to an understanding regarding allocation of work and services matters on Block 2A,” the company CEO Punkaj Gupta said.
The block operator and its partner Essel Group Middle East say they plan to complete the 2D Seismic Data Acquisition and Processing program in the next 60 days with a view to targeting final locations for drilling later in 2016.
“We are pleased with the co-operation being extended to the Company by the local communities. We are keen to complete our work in the field in a respectful and thoughtful manner.” adds Punkaj.
The seismic exercise involves the acquiring and interpreting of up to 500 line kms of 2D seismic data which will also confirm depths and support the volume estimates necessary for a revised resource estimate and risk category for the concession’s prospects and other secondary targeted structures.
Already the company has completed an aerial FTG (Full Tensor Gradiometry) survey analysis and interpretation by Bell Geospace in August 2014 as well as passive seismic data from 218 listening stations covered the Company’s existing three leads