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Regional Update


  • Afren started acquisition of 1,118 miles of 2D seismics in Block 1, northeastern Kenya, to delineate exploration prospects for drilling in 2013. Survey completion is estimated for third-quarter 2012. Block 1 occupies more than 12,271 sq miles in the Mandera Lugh basin, which extends north into Ethiopia, where it is known as the Ogaden basin. Afren (50%) is operator, with Lion Petroleum (50%).
  • The Zafarani-1 well, located in 8,470 ft of water offshore Tanzania in Block 2, encountered 393 ft of excellent-quality reservoir with high porosity and high permeability. Logging results reveal the well holds up to 5 Tcf of gas in place. Statoil (65%) is operator of Block 2 on behalf of TPDC, with ExxonMobil Exploration and Production (35%). In the case of a development phase, TPDC has the right to a 10% working interest.


  • Sangu-11, located in Block 16 PSC, has penetrated a new gas reservoir in the Sangu Area, Bay of Bengal, offshore Bangladesh, with approximately 66 ft of good-quality gas pay. The well will be completed and tied into the Sangu facilities and will provide incremental gas to Chittagong in the coming months once marketing arrangements have been finalized. Santos (75%) is operator, with Halliburton (25%). Santos has a 100% interest in Block 16 (exploration).


  • The Satyr-3 well found 243 ft of net gas pay while drilling to 13,369 ft in 3,688 ft of water on permit WA-374-P, located in the Exmouth plateau area of the Carnarvon basin. Chevron’s Australian subsidiary (50%) operates WA-374-P, with ExxonMobil (25%) and Shell ( 25%).
  • A new wet-gas discovery was made with the Coolawang-1 exploration well in PEL 106B, located on the western flank of the South Australian Cooper basin. Operations are currently under way to case and suspend the well for cased-hole extended production testing to further evaluate multiple Patchawarra formation oil- and wet-gas-bearing sands. Beach Energy (50%) is operator, with Drillsearch Energy (50%).
  • BHP Billiton spudded the Tallaganda-1 exploration well in WA-351-P offshore Carnarvon basin. The well is being drilled to a total depth of 4,250 m in a water depth of 1141 m. BHP (55%) is operator, with Apache (25%) and Tap Oil (20%).


  • BNK Petroleum’s wholly owned subsidiary Indiana Investments began drilling the Miszewo T-1 well on its Trzebielino concession block in Poland. An objective is to verify the company’s geological model, which indicates that the target shales on the Trzebielino and Bytow concessions were deposited in a deeper basin environment than encountered by the previously drilled wells. The deeper environment and transgressive nature of the deposit is expected to lead to richer and thicker organic shales than those found in the Lebork S-1 well.
  • Providence Resources’ 48/24-10z Barryroe appraisal well has successfully flowed oil and gas. The well is located in around 320 ft of water, approximately 30 miles offshore southern Ireland in Standard Exploration License (SEL) 1/11 in the north Celtic Sea basin. Providence (80%) operates SEL 1/11 on behalf of partner Lansdowne Oil & Gas (20%).

Middle East

  • Oil production commenced from the NS377 field in the North Shadwan concession, with oil flowing via a tie-in to Petrobel’s nearby Ras Ghara oil facility and then by pipeline 75 miles north to the main Petreco Oil Centre at Abu Rudeis. North Shadwan is located in the Gulf of Suez offshore Egypt. TriOcean Energy (30%) is operator, with Beach [via wholly owned subsidiary Beach Petroleum (Egypt)] (20%) and BP Exploration (Delta) (50%).

North America

  • ATP Oil & Gas announced first oil production at its Mississippi Canyon (MC) Block 942 A-3 (#2) well, the fourth well at its Telemark Hub, using the ATP Titan floating drilling and production platform. MC 942 A-3 is located in the Morgus field in the US Gulf of Mexico (GOM). ATP (100%) operates the Telemark Hub in around 4,000 ft of water and holds a 100% ownership in ATP Titan LLC, which owns the ATP Titan and associated pipelines and infrastructure.
  • Production commenced at the Caesar/Tonga joint development in the GOM Green Canyon area, about 190 miles off New Orleans, Louisiana, in roughly 4,921 ft of water. Caesar/Tonga consists of three discoveries—Tonga, Tonga West, and Caesar—that were combined into one project to be developed as a subsea tieback to the Constitution spar, operated by Anadarko. Anadarko (33.75%) is operator, with Statoil (23.55%), Shell (22.45%), and Chevron (20.25%).

South America

  • BP Energy do Brasil received farm-in approval from the Brazilian National Petroleum Agency. BP is taking a 40% interest in four deepwater exploration and production concession blocks from Petrobras. The move gives BP access to four new concession blocks in Brazil: BM-BAR-3 and BM‑BAR‑5 in the Barreirinhas basin and BM-CE-1 and BM-CE-2 in the Ceará basin, which together cover a total area of 2,113 km2.
  • Repsol Sinopec Brasil made a new oil discovery in the Campos basin offshore Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Pão de Açúcar well found two accumulations of hydrocarbons with a total thickness of 1,640 ft. The well is located in Block BM-C-33 in a water depth of 9,186 ft, and first appraisals indicate high-quality oil resources with excellent flow rates. Repsol Sinopec Brasil (35%) is operator, with Statoil (35%) and Petrobras (30%).
  • The EG8 discovery, located in the Galeota License offshore Trinidad and Tobago in 135 ft of water, encountered 10 hydrocarbon-bearing sandstone reservoirs between 1,364 and 6,000 ft below mean sea level. Preliminary analysis indicates the vertical thickness of the net hydrocarbon-bearing sands totals 421 ft, of which 352 ft is gas and 69 ft is oil. Bayfield Energy (65%) is operator, with Petrotrin (35%).