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A drillstem test was performed on the Zafarani-2 well—located about 80 km offshore southern Tanzania. Two separate intervals were tested, and the well flowed at a maximum of 66 MMscf/D of gas. Statoil (65%) is the operator, on behalf of Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation, with partner ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Tanzania (35%).

The FA-1 well—located in 600 m of water in the Foum Assaka license area offshore Morocco—was spudded. The well targets Eagle prospect Lower Cretaceous resources. Target depth is 4000 m. Kosmos Energy (29.9%) is the operator, with partners BP (26.4%), Fastnet Oil & Gas (9.4%), SK Innovation (9.4%), and the Moroccan government (25%).


The West Kerendan-1 exploration well, located in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, reached total depth. Gas was encountered in four zones. One cased-hole drillstem test performed on one zone—the Upper Berai carbonate formation—flowed gas at a maximum rate of 18.6 MMcf/D. Salamander Energy (70%) is the operator.

Gas was discovered at the Lingshui 17-2 discovery well, located in the east Lingshui Sag in a deepwater area of the Qiongdongnan basin in the South China Sea. China National Offshore Oil Corporation is the operator.

InterOil started drilling its Bobcat-1 exploration well in Petroleum Prospecting License (PPL) 238 in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea. The well, whose planned total depth is 3134 m, will assess the hydrocarbon potential of the carbonates within the Bobcat structure. InterOil (100%) is the operator.

Gas was discovered in the Maru East-1 exploration well in the Guddu block in Pakistan’s Middle Indus basin. During testing, the well flowed gas at a rate of 3 MMcf/D with a wellhead flowing pressure of 450 psi. Oil and Gas Development Company (57.76%) is the operator, with partners Government Holdings (22.50%), IPR Transoil (9.08%), and Jura Energy (10.66%).


The Worrior-10 appraisal well reached total depth of 1791 m, intersecting 4.5 m of net oil pay in the Patchawarra and Murta formations. The well is located in PPL 207 in the southern Cooper basin, South Australia. The well was cased and suspended and will be completed in the future as a Patchawarra oil producer. Senex Energy (70%) is the operator, with partner Cooper Energy (30%).

The final phase of testing was completed on the Arrowsmith-2 exploration well in EP 413 in the onshore Perth basin, Western Australia. Collected data indicated gas production contributions from four intervals—the High Cliff sandstone, the Irwin River coal measures, and two zones in the Carynginia formation. Analysis and interpretation of the dataset from the final program is in progress. Norwest Energy (27.95%) is the operator of EP 413, with partners AWE (44.25%) and Bharat PetroResources (27.80%).

Drilling began on the Poseidon North‑1 well, located in the Browse basin on permit WA-315-P offshore Western Australia. The well targets the Plover and Montara formations. ConocoPhillips (60%) is the operator of WA-315-P, with partner Karoon Gas Australia (40%).


The E-302 development well on the Elizavetovskoye field in Ukraine flowed at a rate of 6.2 MMcf/D of gas and 14B/D of condensate through a 44/64-in. choke. The well has now been placed on production. JKX Oil & Gas is the operator.

Drilling began on the 16/2-19 appraisal well in Statoil-operated PL265 on the Johan Sverdrup discovery, located in the North Sea sector of the Norwegian continental shelf. Statoil (40%) is the operator of PL265, with partners Petoro (30%), Det norske oljeselskap (20%), and Lundin (10%).

Wildcat well 34/8/17-S, on the northeast flank of the Visund field in the northern part of the North Sea, encountered an approximately 31-m gross gas column in the Tarbert, Ness, and Etive formations in the Middle Jurassic. Statoil (53.20%) is the operator of PL120, with partners Petoro (30%), ConocoPhillips (9.10%), and Total (7.70%).


The SAGW-13 appraisal well in the Sagiz West field onshore Kazakhstan, drilled to a depth of 1577 m, encountered 6 m of net oil pay over a 16-m gross interval in the Triassic formation. Max Petroleum (100%) is the operator.

The AKK17 well on the Kyzyloi and Akkulka development in Kazakhstan encountered a 4-m interval of gas-bearing Tasaran sand. The well was drilled to a total depth of 653 m. Tethys Petroleum is the operator.

The SWGEZ-5 well, located offshore Gulf of Suez, Egypt, encountered 107 ft of net hydrocarbon pay in Late Cretaceous-age Nubia and Matulla formations. The well tested at natural flow oil and gas rates of 3,611 B/D and 2.9 MMcf/D, respectively. IPR Energy Suez (44.625%) is the operator.


The US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) oil and gas lease sales for federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) received USD 872,143,771 in high bids on 329 tracts covering more than 1.7 million acres. BOEM offered nearly 40 million acres covering tracts in the central and eastern planning areas of the GOM (Lease Sales 231 and 225, respectively), and opened pending bids from previously offered acreage in the western planning area (Lease Sale 233).

Oil production began during the third phase of the Na Kika field-development project in the deepwater GOM. A second well is expected to begin production in the second quarter of this year. BP (50%) is the operator of Na Kika, with partner Royal Dutch Shell (50%).


Total depth of 5353 m was reached on the 1-BRSA-1205-RNS wildcat well, located at a water depth of 1731 m in the Potiguar basin, 55 km offshore Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. The well detected a 188-m hydrocarbon column. Petrobras (80%) is the operator of concession BM-POT-17, with partner Petrogal Brasil (20%).