Qatar Petroleum has signed an agreement to enter three offshore exploration blocks in Lamu Basin, east of Kenya, the company said in a statement on July 23.

Following regulatory approvals by Kenya, the consortium will be comprised of Eni (the operator) with a 41.25% participating interest, Total with 33.75% and Qatar Petroleum with 25%, the statement said.

The company said the three blocks—L11A, L11B and L12—are located in what is considered to be a frontier and largely unexplored area in the Lamu Basin. The blocks span about 15,000 sq km with water depths ranging from about 1,000 m to 3,000 m.