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Britain's Tullow Oil says it has made another oil discovery in Kenya

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.

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"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.

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