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United Hydrocarbon International finished drilling the Belanga North-1 exploration well located in Doba basin in southern Chad. The well was drilled to a total depth of 1392 m, and encountered three oil-bearing sand intervals—two in the targeted Upper Cretaceous “YO” sands and one in an untested shallower sand. United Hydrocarbon (100%) is the operator.


China National Offshore Oil Corporation discovered natural gas in the Qiongdongan basin, South China Sea. Well Lingshui 17-2—located in the east Lingshui sag portion of the basin at an average water depth of 1450 m—was drilled and completed to a depth of 3510 m. Lingshui 17-2 encountered a gas reservoir with a total thickness of approximately 55 m.

Jubilant Energy confirmed that the Kathalchari-1 discovery in east India is commercially viable. The discovery is located in the Tripura bock of the Assam-Arakan basin and contains an estimated 71.02 Bcf of recoverable natural gas. Further development of the discovery will take place in 2015. Jubilant is the operator (20%), with partner GAIL India (80%).


Statoil Australia Theta has drilled and completed the Oz-Alpha 1 exploration well in the southern Georgina basin in the Northern Territory, Australia. Oz-Alpha 1 targeted the Arthur Creek shale. Statoil Australia Theta (80%) is the operator, with partner PetroFrontier (20%).

Senex commenced a four-zone selective completion of its Sprigg-1 exploration well within the Murta and Tinchoo formations and also in the Hutton sandstone and Paning member. The well has a total depth of 2472 m. The Sprigg-1 prospect is located in the central eastern sector of PEL 514 in the Cooper basin, South Australia. Senex (80%) is the operator, with partner Planet Gas (20%).


Norwegian Energy Company (Noreco) spudded exploration well 6608/10-16 on the Verdande prospect in PL484 in the Norwegian Sea. The well is being drilled with the drilling rig Bredford Dolphin. Noreco (30%) is the operator, with Explora Petroleum (30%), Dana Petroleum (30%), and E.ON E&P Norge (10%).

JKX Oil & Gas completed its NN-80 development well in the Novo-Nikolaevskoye license in Poltava, Ukraine. The well tested at a stabilized flow rate of 4.98 MMcf/D of natural gas and 51 B/D of condensate and has been placed on production. JKX (100%) is the operator.

The 6406/12-3S Pil exploration well tested at a stabilized rate of 6,700 B/D and indicated the presence of 37°API crude. The well was drilled in Norwegian North Sea PL586 by the Transocean Arctic. VNG is the operator (30%), with partners Spike Exploration (30%), Faroe Petroleum (25%), and Rocksource Exploration (15%).

Statoil discovered hydrocarbons in the Valemon North prospect in the North Sea, 260 km west of Bergen, Norway. Well 34/10-54 S proved a gross 164-m gas condensate and oil column in the Middle Jurassic Brent group. Sidetrack 34/10-54 A proved a gross 100-m gas condensate column in the Brent group and in sand of unspecified Jurassic age, and an additional gross 140-m gas condensate column in the Statfjord group. Gas condensate also was found in the Middle Jurassic Cook formation. Statoil estimates the total volumes in Valemon North to be 20 to 75 million bbl of recoverable oil equivalent. Statoil is the operator (53.775%), with Petoro (30%), Centrica Resources (13%), and Norske Shell (3.225%).


Lukoil has started commercial production at the West Qurna-2 oil field, located 65 km from Basra in southern Iraq. The field has reached a daily output of 120,000 bbl, the minimum amount Lukoil must produce for 90 days before receiving a return on investment, according to a contract with the Iraqi government.


Breitling Energy drilled its first well on its farmout acreage in Sterling County, Texas, located in the Permian Basin. The well’s total depth is 9,215 ft and zones of focus include the Cisco Canyon sands and the Cline, Strawn, and Wolfcamp formations. Under the farmout agreement with Steller Energy and Investment Corporation, Breitling will earn a 100% working interest in each well drilled, along with the surrounding acreage.

Dallas, Texas, independent, Crude Energy, spudded the Crude-Red Wolf #1 vertical exploration well in Sterling County, Texas, targeting the Permian Basin Wolfcamp A formation. Target depth is 9,100 ft. Secondary targets include the Cisco, Canyon, Cline, and Triple M formations. Crude Energy (100%) is the operator.

Linc Energy drilled and completed the Umiat #23H well, located in the Umiat oil field in the Alaskan National Petroleum Reserve Area. Drilled 300 m below the surface, the well’s 640-m lateral encountered over 280 m of net pay in the lower Grandstand formation. The well tested at a peak rate of 800 B/D and a sustained rate of 250 B/D, producing 38.5°API crude. Linc Energy (100%) is the operator.


GeoPark drilled and completed the Aruco 1 exploration well in the Llanos 34 block in the central Llanos basin, Colombia. The well has a total depth of 10,705 ft. A test conducted with an electrical submersible pump resulted in a production rate of 1,154 gross B/D of 16.8°API crude. GeoPark is the operator (45%), with Parex Resources (45%) and Verano Energy (10%).

Petrobras now has a third well online in the Saphinoa field, Block BM-S-9, Santos basin. Well 7-SPH-04-SPS, estimated as capable of producing 26,000 BOPD, was connected to floating storage, offloading, and production vessel Cidade de São Paulo. Petrobras (45%) is the operator, with BG E&P Brasil (30%) and Repsol Sinopec Brasil (25%).

Colombian exploratory well Tibirita-1A, drilled by Ecopetrol in the western part of the Cano Sur block, encountered a net oil column of 50 ft. Initial tests show production at 580 B/D of 11.3°API crude. Ecopetrol (100%) is the operator.