Eni is drilling a frontier wildcat offshore Kenya that, if successful, will open up a new East African basin to the drill bit.

Fresh from development drilling duties at the Italian player’s Coral South gas project in Mozambican waters, the drillship Saipem 12000 has spudded the Mlima-1 probe in block L-11B, according to an Eni spokesperson.

Supported out of Mombasa by platform supply vessels Vos Principal and Vos Princess, the drillship arrived in the block last month.