Blocks 10BB and 13T operator Tullow Oil has said it expects the Final Investment Decision for the Kenya Full Field Development by the end of 2018.
According to the operator the drilling and operational activities to support the FID and FFD including engineering studies and contracting activities are underway in preparation for the start of Front End Engineering Design (FEED), which is expected in the second half of 2017.
In parallel to the upstream development work, Tullow Oil reports that the Kenya Joint Venture and the Government of Kenya continue to progress the export pipeline commercial and finance studies and preparations are under way for the Environmental Social Impact Assessment and FEED which are also planned for the second half of 2017.
Meanwhile following the signing of the Early Oil Pilot Scheme (EOPS) Agreement between the Kenya Joint Venture and the Government of Kenya on 14 March 2017 the evacuation of the stored crude oil, which was produced during extended well testing in 2015, to Mombasa by road is expected to begin.This will be followed by EOPS production of 2,000 bopd in the fourth quarter of 2017.
The KJV insist the EOPS will provide important information which will assist in full field development planning.