LONDON, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- British energy explorer Tullow Oil said Friday an oil discovery in the Agete-1 exploration well in Kenya marks its fifth straight oil find in the region.
Tullow said it encountered oil while drilling its Agete-1 wildcat well, which is positioned in a region not known previously to contain oil and natural gas reserves.
"A fifth consecutive oil discovery onshore northern Kenya highlights the emerging world class exploration and production potential within our ... acreage," Angus McCoss, exploration director for Tullow, said in a statement Friday.
McCoss said next year's exploration campaign in the region would be "intensive."
Tullow provided no estimate of the potential from Agete-1.
In October, Tullow halted operations at drilling sites in northern Kenya because of labor strikes. Work resumed Nov. 7 following talks with federal and local Kenyan officials.
More than half of the 1,400 people employed by Tullow in Kenya are from the north of the country.