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Vaalco Energy started oil production from the Etame 12-H development well offshore Gabon. The well was drilled to a measured depth of approximately 3450 m and was targeting the recently discovered lower lobe of the Gamba reservoir. It was brought on line at a rate of 2,000 BOPD with no indication of hydrogen sulfide. Vaalco (28.07%) is the operator with partners Addax Petroleum (31.63%), Sasol (27.75%), Tullow Oil (7.5%), Sojitz (2.98%), and PetroEnergy (2.34%).


KrisEnergy started drilling the Rossukon-2 exploration well on Block G6/48 in the Gulf of Thailand, using the Key Gibraltar jackup rig. The well will reach a total depth at 5,462 ft and will test Early Miocene stacked fluvial sandstones on a broad structural high. The well will also appraise the Rossukon-1 reservoir, which produced 850 BOPD during tests. KrisEnergy (30%) is the operator with partners Northern Gulf Petroleum (40%) and Mubadala Petroleum (30%).


AWE expanded its oil production in the Tui area offshore New Zealand by bringing the Pateke-4H development well on line in PMP 38158. The tieback project involved the installation of 1312 m of flexible flowline, a gas lift umbilical, integrated controls, and ancillary equipment at water depths of approximately 124 m. The initial flow rate was 34,000 BOPD. AWE (57.5%) is the operator with partners New Zealand Oil and Gas (27.5%) and Pan Pacific Petroleum (15%).

Woodside Burrup’s Pyxis-1 exploration well in offshore production license WA-34-L intersected approximately 18.5 m of net gas pay within its Jurassic sandstone target in Western Australia. The well reached a total depth of 3347 m and lies 15 km north of Woodside’s producing Pluto gas field. Wireline logging confirmed the discovery through gas samples, which were brought to the surface, along with the detection of a gas pressure gradient. Woodside (90%) is the operator with partners Kansai Electric Power Australia (5%) and Tokyo Gas Pluto (5%).

Santos made a wet gas discovery in Cooper basin in Queensland, Australia. The Emery-1 exploration well was drilled to a total depth of 3262 m and intersected gas in the Patchawarra formation, which contained stacked reservoirs. The well has been cased and suspended as a future gas producer. Santos (60%) is the operator with partner Drillsearch (40%).


Maersk Oil started oil and gas production from its unmanned Tyra Southeast-B platform, which sits 220 km off Denmark’s west coast in the North Sea. Maersk plans to drill a total of 8 to 12 horizontal wells in the area over the next 2 years. The development is expected to deliver approximately 50 million BOE in resources, 20 million bbl of oil and 170 Bcf of gas. The field is operated by the Danish Underground Consortium, which is made up of Maersk (31.2%), Shell (36.8%), Nordsøfonden (20%), and Chevron (12%).

Middle East

Qatargas sold its first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Pakistan State Oil. The transaction is the first LNG agreement between Qatar and Pakistan and the first LNG import deal for any entity in Pakistan. The delivery commissioned the Excelerate Exquiste, which will be used as a floating storage and regasification unit when it is moored at Port Qasim, as part of the Elengy terminal, Pakistan’s first LNG import facility.

North America

ExxonMobil started production from the Hadrian South gas field, which is located 230 miles south of Louisiana in the US Gulf of Mexico. The field sits at a water depth of 7,650 ft, making it the company’s deepest subsea tieback. Hadrian South is expected to reach a peak production of 300 MMcf/D of natural gas and 3,000 B/D of liquids. ExxonMobil (46.7%) is the operator with partners Eni (30%) and Petrobras (23.3%).

South America

Premier Oil discovered a net 81 ft of oil-bearing reservoir and a net 55 ft of gas-bearing reservoir at its Zebedee well, offshore the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). The well penetrated multiple targets in the Cretaceous F2 and F3 formations, with pay concentrated primarily in the Hector and Zebedee sands. Premier (36%) is the operator with partners Falkland Oil and Gas (40%), and Rockhopper Exploration (24%).

Karoon Gas Australia’s Echidna-1 well has intersected an oil-bearing section of Paleocene sands in Block S-M-1102 of the Santos basin, offshore Brazil. Mud logs showed elevated gas readings and oil florescence in the sandstones. Future wireline logging will reveal the volume of gross and net oil and gas pay. Additional intervals of interest have been identified in the Maastrichtian section and will be evaluated during the wireline program. Karoon (65%) is the operator with partner Pacific Rubiales Energy (35%).

LGO Energy has spudded GY-672, the first of seven wells that it plans to drill at the Goudron field in Trinidad. The well will be drilled to 3,505 ft measured depth and is targeting a C-sand reservoir interval, approximately 420 ft to the east of the surface location. In total, the program will involve the perforation of 275 ft of C-sand reservoirs and 955 ft of Goudron sandstone reservoirs. LGO is the operator and holds 100% interest in the field.

Petrobras discovered oil in Amazon basin’s Block AM-T-84. The discovery was made while drilling well 1-BRSA-1293-AM, which reached a total depth of 2040 m. Preliminary tests have confirmed the presence of light, 47 °API gravity oil in arenaceous reservoirs, extending from 1350 m to 1900 m deep. Petrobras (60%) is the operator of the concession with partner Petrogal Brasil (40%).

Petrobras discovered an onshore oil accumulation in the Espírito Santo basin, 120 km from Vitória, Brazil. The reservoirs are located at a depth of 711 m and the well was drilled to a total depth of 1312 m. Petrobras is the operator and holds 100% interest in Block ES-T-495.