Kenya’s government is on tenterhooks awaiting the results of a challenging ultra-deepwater wildcat that Italian major Eni has been drilling for close to 80 days, but informed sources claimed the well has been a failure.

Eni had not responded to questions at press time, but two exploration sources familiar with the drilling operation at Mlima-1 in the Lamu basin told Upstream the well is “dry”, meaning no hydrocarbons have been discovered.