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Regional Update


  • The Twiga South-1 exploration well, located on Block 13T onshore Kenya, was spudded. The well is planned to a total depth of 3114 m and targets the same structural trend and reservoirs as the recent Ngamia-1 oil discovery 23 km to the south. An extensive coring and testing program is planned if the well encounters pay sands similar to the Ngamia-1 discovery. Tullow Oil (50%) is operator, with Africa Oil (50%).


  • Jubilant Energy successfully tested the KPL-B well, the final of its seven-well Phase III development of the onshore producing Kharsang field, Arunachai Pradesh, India. The well has been put on production at an initial gross rate of 226 BOPD. GeoEnpro Petroleum (10%)—a 50/50 joint venture between Jubilant Enpro (a member of Jubilant Bhartia Group) and GeoPetrol Mauritius—is operator of the Kharsang field, with Jubilant Energy (Kharsang) (25%), Geopetrol International (25%), and Oil India (40%).


  • Norwest Energy’s Arrowsmith-2 well’s hydraulic fracture stimulation of Stage 2, targeting the Irwin River Coal Measures (IRCM), is complete. The well’s primary objectives are to test the shale gas potential in both the Carynginia formation and the IRCM, with secondary objectives of shale gas in the Kockatea shale and tight gas in the High Cliff sandstone formation. Norwest Energy NL (27.945%) is operator of EP 413/Arrowsmith, located in the northern Perth basin, Western Australia, with AWE (via subsidiary ARC Energy) (44.252%) and Bharat PetroResources (27.803%).
  • Exoma Energy and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) spudded the Nora-1 well, located onshore in the Galilee basin, central Queensland. The seventh well in the joint venture, known formally as the Galilee Joint Venture, will be drilled to a target depth of 4,793 ft, with the Top Permian coal at 4,009 ft as its primary target and the Top Toolebuc shale at 1,856 ft as its secondary target. Exoma (50%) is operator, with CNOOC (50%).
  • The Woodada Deep-1 well, an onshore shale gas exploration well in the Perth basin, Western Australia, is flowing gas. Two shale zones were hydraulically fractured—targeting the Middle Carynginia (between 7,776 and 7,956 ft) and Upper Carynginia (between 7,490 and 7,644 ft) formations—with gas recovered to the surface. After gas samples from both formations are analyzed, AWE will start hydraulic fracture stimulation of a third formation above the Upper Carynginia formation. AWE (100%) is operator.


  • FX Energy commenced drilling the Frankowo-1 well in western Poland. The well is located on the Block 246 concession and is planned to test a projected Rotliegend target at a projected depth of 6,890 ft. FX Energy (100%) is operator.
  • Orca Exploration Group commenced drilling the La Tosca-1 well. The well will evaluate the exploration potential of a gas prospect mapped from 3D seismic on the Longastrino permit, situated within the prolific gas fairway of the Eastern Po Valley basin, with the Alfonsine gas field located close to the prospect. Northern Petroleum (30%) is operator of the Longastrino permit, with Orca Exploration Group (70%).

Middle East

  • The Shimshon well, located in the Levant basin offshore Israel, encountered more than 62 ft of natural gas pay in the Bet Guvrin sands. The well is in a water depth of 3,622 ft and was drilled to a subsea depth of 14,445 ft. ATP East Med (40%) is operator, with Isramco Negev 2 LP (39%), Naphtha Exploration (10%), INOC Dead Sea (10%), and IOC-Israel (1%).
  • BP Egypt announced the Taurt North and Seth South gas discoveries in the North El Burg offshore concession, Nile delta, Egypt—the fourth and fifth discoveries made by BP in the concession. The two wells were drilled by International Egyptian Oil Company (IEOC) on behalf of concession operator BP, using the Scarabeo IV rig in water depths of 110 and 78 m, respectively. Wireline logs, fluid samples, and pressure data confirmed the presence of gas in one Pleistocene interval in Taurt North and two Plio-Pleistocene intervals in Seth South. BP (50%) is operator, with IEOC (50%).
  • Spectrum is acquiring a new multiclient 3D (MC3D) seismic survey in the Levant basin offshore Lebanon, under contract to Lebanon’s Ministry of Energy and Water. The MC3D survey of the southwest Exclusive Economic Zone offshore Lebanon is being carried out in cooperation with Dolphin Geophysical using its Polar Duke vessel, which will acquire at least 579 sq miles of data using 12 streamers and dual source. The final product will be completed in early 2013, when the Lebanese government has indicated its first-ever licensing round will open.

North America

  • Stone Energy updated its deepwater Parmer prospect located on Green Canyon Block 823, US Gulf of Mexico. Drilling operations have been completed, and the rig has been released. The well has been logged, and pressure readings and fluid samples have been taken in several Miocene objective sands. Data indicate 240 ft of net condensate-rich gas pay in two gas sands that are full to base, as well as 40 ft of net oil pay in two sands that both encountered oil on water. Apache (35%) is operator, with Stone Energy (35%) and Ecopetrol (30%).
  • Mexican President Felipe Calderon said state-owned oil firm Pemex made its first big crude-oil discovery in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico. He said the initial estimate of a deposit in the Perdido area on Mexico’s side of the Gulf was between 250 million and 400 million bbl of light crude, using the industry’s broadest measurement of “proven, probable, and possible” reserves.

South America

  • Petrobras confirmed the presence of good-quality oil and gas in the 1-BRSA-1088-SES (1-SES-168) well, commonly known as Moita Bonita, located in the BM-SEAL-10 block in 2775-m-deep waters in the Sergipe-Alagoas basin, 85 km offshore Aracaju, Brazil. A 300-m hydrocarbon column was found at a depth of 5070 m with 52 m of porous sandstones bearing light oil, gas, and condensate. Petrobras (100%) is operator.