Kenya's flagging economy -- hard hit by the current world recession -- may be lifted with the discovery of oil in the north of the country near the Somali border.
GV oil drilling ring.
SV PAN up from sign "Texas Pacific Kenya Division" to ring.
SV & CU drilling in progress with cutter being lowered (2 shots).
CU engineers controlling bit.
CU drilling in progress (2 shots).
LV & CU workers on ring (3 shots).
SV & CU workers removing bit from well hole (2 shots)
SV sign "Field Laboratory".
SV & CU worker preparing drilling fluid for analyses by "mud engineer" (2 shots).
SV & CU mud engineer testing sample (2 shots).
LV PAN up rig.
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Background: Kenya's flagging economy -- hard hit by the current world recession -- may be lifted with the discovery of oil in the north of the country near the Somali border.
After two years of exploration and tests the Texas Pacific Oil Company is drilling what is hopefully Kenya's first oil producing well.
Kenya is nation that has long depended on agriculture and imports of machinery and oil with many others countries are draining her foreign currency reserves too rapidly.
The resident manager of Texas Pacific, the company involved in oil exploration in Kenya, Mr. Dugald MacGip, said that his company had not invested more than one million pounds in a "hole in the ground" for nothing. But no one can predict if the well, code named, Hargaso Number One, will be a "hit" or whether it will be dry.
Mr. Macgilp said that the oil exploration was a risky business and while one well may turn out dry another, perhaps only a quarter of a mile, may strike.
The Hargaso Number One drilling site stretches more than one hundred and thirty feet (about 40 metres) into the desert sky -- a monument to the hopes the Kenyan government is placing in it.