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Regional Update

Africa

  • Oil and gas was discovered at the Nene’ Marine exploration prospect located in the Marine XII Block offshore Congo. The prospect is estimated to hold 600 million bbl of oil and 700 Bcf of gas. The well was drilled to a total depth of 3031 m and encountered a pre-saline clastic sequence of Lower Cretaceous age. Eni (65%) is the operator in partnership with New Age (25%) and Societé Nationale des Pétroles du Congo (10%). 
  • Gas was discovered at the Mkizi-1 well in Block 1 off Tanzania. The well encountered gas pay in three reservoir intervals within a Tertiary aged stacked channel complex. Total net pay was 108 ft. Ophir (40%) is the operator in partnership with BG Group (60%). 
  • Drilling has begun on the Ekales prospect located in Block 13T in the Lokichar basin in Kenya. The well has a planned total depth of 2500 m. Tullow Oil (50%) is the operator in partnership with Africa Oil (50%).
  • Hydrocarbons were discovered at the Diaman-1B pre-salt exploration well offshore Gabon. The well was drilled to a total depth of 5585 m in approximately 1729 m of water. Total Gabon (42.5%) is the operator in partnership with Marathon Oil (21.25%) and Cobalt International Energy (21.25%), and the Gabonese Republic (15%).

Asia

  • Drilling began on the onshore Parit Minyak-3 exploration well in Sumatra, Indonesia. The planned total depth is 2487 m. Pacific Oil & Gas (55%) is the operator in partnership with New Zealand Oil & Gas (22.5%) and Pacific Oil & Gas (Sumatera) (22.5%).
  • Natural gas and condensate were discovered at the Shahdad X-1 exploration well in Sindh, Pakistan. Initial tests flowed at 27.8 Mcf/D of gas along with 337 B/D of condensate at a 64/64-in. choke size. Pakistan Petroleum (65%) is the operator in partnership with Government Holdings (25%) and Asia Resources Oil (10%).
  • Drilling began at the Cua Lo-1 exploration well in Block 105-110/04 in the Gulf of Tonkin offshore Vietnam. The planned total depth is 2800 m, and the well is intended to test the Cua Lo gas prospect. Eni Vietnam (50%) is the operator in partnership with Neon Energy (Song Hong) (25%) and KrisEnergy (25%).

Australia

  • Production began on the Geographe gas field in Bass Strait in Australia. The field is located south of Port Campbell in Victoria’s coastal waters. Development of the field included well drilling and installing subsea facilities to connect the Geographe to existing subsea pipeline. Origin Energy Resources (67.23%) is the operator in partnership with Benaris International (27.77%) and Toyota Tsusho Gas E&P Otway (5%).

Europe

  • More than 100 ft of gas was encountered at the 23/22b-6z exploration well in the UK North Sea. The well evaluated a Triassic interval containing reservoir-quality sands. ConocoPhillips (47.3%) is the operator of the block in partnership with Premier (20.2%) and BG Group (32.5%).
  • Drilling has begun on the 7120/1-3 exploration well on Norwegian production license 492. The well targets the Gohta prospect to prove the presence of hydrocarbons in the Permian and Triassic reservoirs. The planned total depth is 2429 m below mean sea level. Lundin Petroleum (40%) is the operator in partnership with Det norske oljeselskap (40%) and Noreco Norway (20%).
  • Drilling has begun on the 
  • 16/4-7 exploration well on production license 544 offshore Norway. The well targets the Biotitt prospect to prove the presence of hydrocarbons in Jurassic sandstone reservoirs. The planned depth is 2758 m below mean sea level. Lundin Petroleum (40%) is the operator in partnership with Bayerngas Norge (30%) and Explora Petroleum (30%).
  • Oil was discovered at the 6507/3-10 well on production license 159C near the Norne field in the Norwegian Sea. A net oil column of approximately 32 ft in the Middle Jurassic and a 6-to-10-ft thin layer of oil sand was found. Statoil (60%) is the operator in partnership with E.ON E&P Norge (40%).
  • Gas/condensate was discovered at the 6506/9-3 exploration well on production license 479 in the Smørbukk North prospect in the Norwegian Sea. The preliminary estimate of the size of the discovery is 25 to 47 million BOE of Middle Jurassic age. Statoil (40.95%) is the operator in partnership with ENI Norge (19.6%), Petoro (14.95%), ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Norway (14.7%), and Total E&P Norge (9.8%).

Middle East

  • Four zones of hydrocarbons were discovered at the El Salmiya-2 well in the Western Desert in Egypt. Hydrocarbons were detected in the Abu Roash “C” and “E” members, and the Bahariya and Kharita formations. Beach Energy (22%) is the operator in partnership with Kuwait Energy Egypt (50%) and Dover Investments (28%).

North America

  • A discovery was made at the SS 359 A-14 well in Ship Shoal Block 349 in the GOM. The initial flowback rate was 3,030 B/D of oil and 5.6 Mcf/D of gas. Additional pay was discovered in three sand levels. W&T Offshore is the operator with 100% interest.
  • The Cosmo # 1 well offshore Alaska flowed at a rate of 7.2 Mcf/D of gas on a 30/64-in. choke with a flowing tubing pressure of 1,318 psi and no water. Buccaneer Energy (25%) is the operator in partnership with BlueCrest Energy (75%).

South America

  • The GM-ES-5 well was spudded on the Guyane Maritime Permit offshore French Guiana. Shell (45%) is the operator in partnership with Total (25%), Tullow Oil (27.5%), Wessex Exploration (1.25%), and Northern Petroleum (1.25%).