Oil in Ogaden

Poly-GCL, the Chinese company engaged in oil and gas exploration and development project within the Ethio-Somali Regional State, Ogaden basin, has discovered oil and gas deposits.

Poly-GCL, that signed rock oil exploration and development agreement with the then Ministry of Mines in Nov 2013, has been prospecting for oil and gas reserve during a large exploration space within the Ogaden basin. the corporate is additionally attempting to develop the Calub and Hilala gas fields that was found within the Ogaden basin a few years agone.

Koang Tutlam (MD), state minister of the Ministry of Mines, rock oil and gas, told The communicator that Poly-GCL has discovered extra gas reserves within the Calub gas field. “In the appraisal wells the corporate trained around Calub it's discovered extra gas reserve. If you keep in mind we have a tendency to were talking regarding four.7 Trillion solid Feet (TCF) of gas reserve. currently the redeemable gas quantity reached 6-8 TCF. the number has accrued considerably,” Dr. Koang said.

Dr. Koang aforementioned Poly-GCL has discovered some quantity of oil within the new exploration wells it trained around Hilala vicinity, 1,200 kilometer southeast of capital of Ethiopia. “In the new exploration wells they trained they need found some oil. however we have a tendency to don't have figures at once. the corporate is creating assessment to see the number of oil. we are going to reveal the figures once the assessment is completed.”

The Calub associated Hilala gas fields were discovered by an yank company known as Tenneco in 1972. Former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) oil firm, Soviet rock oil Exploration Expedition (SPEE), that was prospecting for oil within the Ogaden basin in Nineteen Eighties, confirmed the gas reserves in Calub and Hilala localities calculable at four TCF.

A veteran oil geologist told The communicator that Poly-GCL has found extra gas reserve within the same Calub structure however during a completely different horizon. “They are drilling extra wells to appraise the present gas reserve. so that they should have found extra reserve during a completely different horizon.”

The oil geologist aforementioned it absolutely was not for the primary time once trace of oil was found within the Hilala vicinity. Tenneco discovered a non-commercial oil reserve in Hilala in 1973. Oil shows have conjointly been noted in numerous exploration wells trained in Hilala and Elkuran localities.

The rock oil professional aforementioned that the Chinese currently came up with a contemporary oil exploration technology that enabled them to spot what the Americans failed to see. “They haven't found a replacement structure however they need discovered some oil during a completely different horizon. The Americans and Russians were operating within the Ogaden within the Nineteen Sixties, 70s and 80s. currently we have a tendency to area unit in 2018 and therefore the Chinese have a sophisticated exploration technologies that alter them to trace the organic compound resources.”

The rock oil professional acknowledged that Poly-GCL has conducted 3D and second unstable surveys that helped them to undertake “successful” exploration work. However, he aforementioned it absolutely was too early to forecast the number of oil reserve that the Chinese discovered. “It is simply once serial well style and thoroughgoing geo chemical laboratory analysis that they'll verify the number of the reserve. At this moment one cannot tell that the reserve is business or not.”

Poly-GCL has subcontracted another Chinese company, BGP Geo Services, that has been assembling unstable knowledge within the license space covering ninety three,000 sq.km of arid land.

In addition to the continued exploration work, Poly-GCL is attempting to use the gas reserves within the Calub and Hilala gas fields. Eight gas production wells are trained and prepared for production in Calub. Poly GCL planned to extract the gas reserve in Calub and Hilala and export it via a gas pipeline that will be created from the gas fields to all or any the thanks to the port of Djibouti.

Dr. Koang told The communicator that works on the gas development project is progressing. “Poly-GCL has signed agreement on the pipeline construction with the governments of African country and Djibouti. we have a tendency to (the Ethiopian government) area unit currently negotiating with the govt. of Djibouti on the pipeline construction. it's associate intergovernmental negotiation,” he said.

According to Dr. Koang, Poly-GCL can build associate LNG plant in Djibouti that will amendment the gas into liquid gas which is able to be exported to China with special LNG vessels. the full price of the gas development project is calculable at four billion greenbacks. Dr. Koang aforementioned Poly GCL would begin commercialism gas by 2021.

In the in the meantime, Poly GCL is functioning on the gas development arrange. “They area unit engaged on the pipeline construction arrange,. they're engaged on it with full swing,” Dr. Koang said.

If Poly-GCL’s gas field development project involves fruition African country would presently become a organic compound manufacturing country.

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