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Regional Update


  • Drilling has begun on the BHN-1 well on the Bouhajla permit in Tunisia. The planned total depth is 2545 m, targeting a Cretaceous Abiod reservoir on the Bouhajla North prospect. Africa Hydrocarbons is the operator.
  • Namibia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy approved a 1-year extension to its offshore license covering Block 2714A to Chariot Oil & Gas. The extension will allow for the completion of its analysis of the drilling results of the Kabeljou-1 exploration well. Petrobras (30%) is the operator in partnership with Chariot (25%) and BP (45%).


  • Testing was completed on the North Atharamura-1 exploratory well on Tripura Block AA-ONN-2002/1 in India. The well was tested in the Lower Bhuban formation, reaching a total depth of 3400 m. Jubilant Oil & Gas is the operator (20%) in partnership with GAIL India (80%).
  • Formation evaluation of the KGD6-MJ1 well off the eastern coast of India indicates a gross gas and condensate column of approximately 155 m in the Mesozoic reservoirs. The well was drilled to a total depth of 4509 m. In the drillstem test, the well flowed 30.6 MMscf/D at a liquid rate of 2,121 B/D. Reliance Industries (60%) is the operator in partnership with BP (30%) and NIKO (10%).


  • The Basset West-1 well encountered 25 ft of gas pay in Jurassic sandstones on the Browse basin offshore Western Australia. The well was drilled to a total depth of 5240 m. Total E&P Australia (50%) is the operator in partnership with Santos (30%) and Murphy Oil (20%).
  • Australia’s government awarded 13 new offshore petroleum exploration permits after receiving 23 bids for 15 blocks. A total of USD 172 million will be spent exploring the areas, which are located offshore Western Australia and Tasmania, over the initial 3 years of the permit terms. Awardees include China National Offshore Oil, Royal Dutch Shell, Inpex, and Total.


  • The M-166X well in the Molchanovskoye North field in Ukraine achieved a flow rate of 1,710 B/D over 12 hours with 2.13 MMcf/D of gas. The well was drilled to a total depth of 2941 m and encountered pay in the Devonian sandstone reservoir. The well is operated by JKX Oil & Gas.
  • Rosneft and Inpex will jointly explore offshore license blocks Magadan-2 and Magadan-3 in the Russian zone of the Sea of Okhotsk in the Russian Far East. The blocks hold estimated recoverable resources of almost 11.3 billion BOE. Rosneft will hold a 66.7% interest and Inpex a 33.3% interest.
  • Oil was discovered in the 25/11-27 exploratory well near the Grane field in the North Sea. The discovery holds an estimated 18 to 33 million bbl of recoverable oil. Statoil is the operator (36.7%) in partnership with Petoro (28.9%), ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Norway (28.2%), and ConocoPhillips Skandinavia (6.2%).
  • Drilling has begun on appraisal well 16/3-6 on the Johan Sverdrup field in the Norwegian North Sea. The planned total depth is 2025 m below mean sea level. Lundin Petroleum (40%) is the operator in partnership with Statoil Petroleum (40%) and Mærsk Oil Norway (20%).
  • A production test on the Dornesti Sud-1 well resulted in 0.92 MMcf/D of gas. The well is located in the Suceava gas concession in Romania. Raffles Energy (50%) is the operator in partnership with Zeta Petroleum (50%).

Middle East

  • The Tawke-17 well in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq flowed oil from an Upper Jurassic reservoir at 1,500 BOPD with gravity between 26 °API and 28 °API. DNO International (55%) is the operator in partnership with Genel Energy (25%) and the Kurdistan Regional Government (20%).

North America

  • Well #I-6 in the Ship Shoal Block 198 in the Gulf of Mexico was tested and flowed at an average rate of 480 B/D. The flowing tubing pressure was 1,980 psi on a 15-in. choke. Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations is the operator.
  • The Ball #2-11 well was drilled to 764 m and encountered approximately 6 m of oil pay in the Vedder Sand. The well is located in the East Slopes Project in Kern County, California. Daybreak Oil and Gas has a 37.5% working interest.

South America

  • Initial tests of the exploratory Cusuco 1 well yielded an average crude oil production of 140 B/D of 13.8 °API. The well is located in the Meta Province in Colombia. Ecopetrol holds a 100% interest in this block.
  • Brazil will hold its first pre-salt oil exploration acreage in October. The first area up for bid will be the Libra prospect, which is estimated to hold up to 16 bbl of recoverable crude. The main pre-salt oil fields are located in the Santos Basin under 2000 m of water and another 5000 m below sand, rock, and salt.
  • Peru’s government will hold a public auction in October for nine offshore oil concessions. The minimum investment of each concession will be USD 50 million.
  • The Tua 4 well on the Llanos 34 block in Colombia has been drilled to a total depth of 3432 m. Located in the Tua oil field, the well’s test production rate from the Gacheta formation was 526 BOPD and from the Guadalupe formation 857 BOPD. GeoPark holds a 45% working interest.
  • A three-dimensional survey was completed over the Southern Area licenses offshore the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). The survey targeted a number of Cretaceous Fault blocks to the west and northwest of the Darwin condensate discovery. Noble Energy (35%) is the operator in partnership with Falkland Oil and Gas (52.5%) and Edison (12.5%).