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Gas was discovered at two separate levels in the Mronge-1 well in Block 2 offshore Tanzania. The discovery is estimated at between 2 and 3 Tcf of natural gas in place, bringing Block 2’s estimated total in-place volumes up to 17 to 20 Tcf. Statoil (65%) operates the Block 2 license on behalf of Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation, and partners with ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Tanzania (35%).

Oil was discovered at the Agete-1 exploration well on Block 13T in northern Kenya. The well, drilled to a total depth of 1929 m, encountered 330 ft of net oil pay in good-quality sandstone reservoirs. Tullow Oil (50%) is the operator with partner Africa Oil (50%).


Indonesia announced plans to offer 27 oil and gas blocks in 2014 in regular tenders and direct offers. The blocks include 20 conventional blocks, six shale gas blocks, and one coalbed methane block.

Oil was discovered at the Malida-1 well in the G1/48 concession in the Gulf of Thailand. The well encountered 31 ft of net oil pay within the primary target between 2396 m and 2412 m measured depth. Mubadala Petroleum (60%) operates, with Tap Oil (30%) and North Gulf Petroleum (10%).

Drilling began on the YNG 3262 infill development well in the southern Nyaung Do area of the Yenangyaung oil field in Myanmar. The well has a planned depth of 1646 m. The primary objective is to produce oil from undrained portions of the several reservoirs in this part of the Nyaung Do fault block. Goldpetrol Joint Operating Company (60%) operates the MOGE-1 block.


Drilling began on the Matuku-1 well in petroleum exploration permit 51906 offshore Taranaki basin, New Zealand. The well, with a planned depth of 4750 m, targets the F Sands reservoir sandstones of the Kapuni Group. Secondary targets are sandstones of the Kapuni Group D sand and Pakawau Group North Cape formation. OMV New Zealand (65%) is the operator with partners Octanex (22.5%) and New Zealand Oil & Gas (12.5%).

A new oil zone was found in the Cooper basin, South Australia, in the Patchawarra formation at the Worrior oil field. Senex and Cooper Energy flowed 700,000 scf/D of gas and 670 BOPD during production testing of the Patchawarra formation in the Worrior-8 well. Senex (70%) operates the permit with partner Cooper (30%).


Oil was discovered in the 7220/7-2S well at the Skavl prospect in the Barents Sea about 240 km northwest of Hammerfest. The well has a proved 72-ft gas column and a proved 76-ft oil column in the Jurassic Tubåen formation, with good reservoir quality, and a 436-ft oil column in the Triassic Fruholmen formation, with poor reservoir quality. Operator Statoil estimates the prospect holds 20 to 50 million bbl of recoverable oil. Partners are Statoil (50%), Eni Norge (30%), and Petoro (20%).

Well 16/2-20S explored the Torvastad prospect located in PL501 in the Norwegian North Sea. The well, drilled to a total depth of 2070 m, encountered a Lower Cretaceous/Upper Jurassic sequence with poor reservoir properties of approximately 78 ft above a water-bearing Upper Jurassic Draupne sandstone sequence of approximately 33 ft of excellent quality in a 46-ft gross sequence. Lundin Petroleum (40%) operates PL501 with partners Statoil (40%) and Maersk Oil Norway (20%).

Middle East

Gas was discovered at the Tamar Southwest (SW) exploration well offshore Israel. The well encountered approximately 355 ft of net gas pay within the targeted Miocene intervals. The well, drilled to a total depth of 5310 m in 1647 m of water, is estimated to hold gross resources between 640 and 770 Bcf of gas. Noble Energy (36%) operates Tamar SW, with Isramco Negev 2 (28.75%), Delek Drilling (15.625%), Avner Oil Exploration (15.625%), and Dor Gas Exploration (4%).

North America

Oil was discovered at an exploration well on Keathley Canyon Block 93 of the Gila prospect in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico. The well, drilled to a total depth of 8907 m, penetrated multiple Paleogene-aged reservoir sands. BP (80%) operates Block 93 with partner ConocoPhillips (20%).

Oil was discovered at the Dantzler exploration well in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The well encountered more than 120 net ft of primarily crude oil pay in two high-quality Miocene reservoirs. The well, located in Mississippi Canyon 782, was drilled to a total depth of 5863 m in 2006 m of water. Noble Energy (45%) is the operator in partnership with entities managed by Ridgewood Energy (35%) and with W&T Energy VI (20%).

South America

Oil was discovered at the 1-BRS-A-1205-RNS well, informally known as Pitu, on the BM-POT-17 concession in the deep waters of the Potiguar basin offshore Brazil. The oil column was confirmed through log data and fluid samples during drilling. Petrobras (80%) is the operator with partner Petrogal Brasil (20%). After obtaining approval from the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas, and Biofuels for a farm-out agreement, BP Energy do Brazil (40%) will become operator of the concession, with partners Petrobras (40%) and Petrogal (20%).

Good-quality oil was found offshore Brazil in the subsalt Carioca field, which might have about 459 million BOE in recoverable reserves. A consortium, consisting of operator Petrobras (45%), with partners BG Group (30%) and a joint venture (25%) between Repsol and Sinopec, found the oil.

Spectrum and CGG jointly launched a large 3D multiclient survey program offshore Brazil focusing on a large proportion of open acreage in the Foz do Amazonas basin. The survey, which will cover 11,220 km2, will be acquired by the Oceanic Endeavour survey vessel.

Oil was discovered in the Leon 1 exploration well located in the Llanos basin of Colombia. The well encountered 133 ft of net oil pay within four different reservoirs. Canacol Energy (80%) is the operator with partner Petromont S.A. Sucursal Colombia (20%).