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  • Oil was discovered at the Ekales-1 wildcat well located in northern Kenya. The well has a potential net oil pay in the Auwerwer and Upper Lokone sandstone reservoirs of between 197 ft and 322 ft. Tullow (50%) is the operator in partnership with Africa Oil (50%).
  • Drillstem tests on the Pweza-3 well offshore Tanzania flowed at a maximum rate of 67 MMscf/D of gas. The tests confirmed the excellent properties of the Tertiary-section reservoir. BG Group (60%) is the operator in partnership with Ophir Energy (40%).


  • The SAGW-6 appraisal well discovered more oil in the Sagiz West field onshore Kazakhstan. The well was drilled to total depth of 1454 m and encountered 98 ft of net oil pay. Max Petroleum is the operator with a 100% interest.
  • China National Offshore Oil Corporation issued a tender to invite foreign firms to bid for oil and gas blocks in the east and south China Sea. Twenty-five offshore blocks will be offered, including 17 in the South China Sea, three in the East China Sea, and five in the Yellow and Bohai seas.
  • Drilling began on the West Kerendan-1 exploration well in Kalimantan, Indonesia. The well will target the Oligocene Berai formation carbonates and underlying Eocene-aged sandstone, which has a mean recoverable prospective resource potential of 910 Bcf of gas. Salamander Energy (70%) is the operator in partnership with Saka Energi (30%). 
  • Drilling began on the YNG 3261 development well in the Yenangyaung oil field in Myanmar. The primary objective is to accelerate production from oil reservoirs that produce from the several wells in the fault block. Interra Resources’ jointly controlled entity, Goldpetrol Joint Operating Company, operates the field. Interra has a 60% interest in the field’s improved petroleum recovery contract and owns 60% of Goldpetrol.


  • Oil was discovered at the Butlers-7 well in PEL 92 in the Cooper basin in South Australia. The well was drilled to a total depth of 1445 m. The operator is Beach Energy (75%), with Cooper Energy (25%). 
  • Oil was discovered at the Dunlop-1 exploration well in southern Cooper-Eromanga basin in PEL 113, South Australia. A drillstem test resulted in oil free flowing to the surface at a rate of 1,200 B/D. Senex Energy is the operator with a 100% interest.
  • The Geoffrey-1 well in ATP 855 in the Cooper-Eromanga basin, Australia, was spudded. It will be drilled to a planned depth of 4266 m to evaluate the shale and basin-centered gas play in the Toolachee, Daralingie, Roseneath, Epsilon, Murteree, and Patchawarra formation intervals. The operator is Beach Energy (46.9%), with Icon Energy (35.1%) and Chevron Australia Exploration 1 (18%).


  • Drilling has begun on the 16/3-7 appraisal well on the Johan Sverdrup discovery in the Norwegian North Sea. The well will establish the depth, quality, and thickness of Jurassic reservoir sequences. Lundin Petroleum (40%) is the operator in partnership with Statoil Petroleum (40%) and Maersk Oil Norway (20%). 
  • JKX Oil & Gas completed that testing on its Z-05 appraisal well on the Zaplavskoye exploration license in Poltava, Ukraine. The well flowed at a rate of 4.6 MMcf of gas and 328 B/D of condensate through a 50/64-in. choke. 
  • A 655-ft gas column was encountered at the 7129/8-2 well in the Iskrystall prospect in the Norwegian zone of the Barents Sea. The size of the discovery is estimated to be between 6 and 25 million BOE. Statoil (50%) is the operator in partnership with Eni Norge (30%) and Petoro (20%).
  • Production testing of the 7120/1-3 well located in the Barents Sea offshore Norway flowed at a rate of 4,300 BOPD through a 44/64-in. choke. Lundin Norway (40%) operates it, with Det Norske Oljeselskap (40%) and Noreco Norway (20%).
  • Production has begun from the Breagh gas field in the UK southern North Sea. Gross production from the wells is expected to reach 135 MMscf/D of gas. RWE DEA UK (70%) is the operator in partnership with Sterling Resources (30%). 

Middle East

  • Production has recommenced on the Shaikan field in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Production is planned to increase from the first Shaikan production facility, Shaikan PF-1, to 20,000 BOPD, while the construction and commissioning of the second Shaikan production facility, Shaikan PF-2, are completed, which will add another 20,000 BOPD of production capacity. Gulf Keystone Petroleum (75%) is the operator.

North America

  • Oil was discovered at the first Bay du Nord exploration well located northeast of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Preliminary estimates suggest the discovery is between 300 and 600 million bbl of oil recoverable. The oil is light, 34 °API from Jurassic reservoirs. Statoil is the operator (65%) in partnership with Husky Energy (35%).
  • Oil was discovered in a well in the northwestern Canadian mining area of Royce. The well is producing 800 BOEPD. Harvest Operations, a subsidiary of Korea National Oil Corporation, has a 100% working interest in the well.
  • Approximately 3,000 ft of oil-bearing sandstone was discovered at the Gerald Grove H-3 well in the Twin Bottoms Field Project in Lawrence County, Kentucky. App Energy (75%) is the operator in partnership with Daybreak Oil and Gas (25%).

South America

  • Production began from the second development phase of the Parque das Conchas project located off Brazil’s southeast coast. The project consists of several subsea fields tied back to the Espirito Santo floating production, storage, and offloading vessel. Shell (50%) is the operator with Petrobras (35%) and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (15%).