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Bowleven has started drilling operations at the Moambe exploration well on the Bomono permit in Cameroon. Moambe is the second well in a two-well program, approximately 2 km east of the first well, Zingana. It targets a previously undrilled Paleocene Tertiary three-way dip fault block containing multiple sands and will be drilled to an estimated 1620 m in measured depth. Both wells will be logged. Bowleven is the operator and holds 100% interest.


Murphy Oil discovered gas at its Permai exploration well in deepwater Block H in the South China Sea offshore Malaysia. The find is Murphy’s eighth consecutive success in the area around the Rotan floating liquefied natural gas project, which is planned to begin its first production in 2018. The discovery is expected to reduce the project’s development costs. Murphy (42%) is the operator of the block with Petronas (40%) and Pertamina (18%).

Kris Energy started producing oil from the Wassana field in the Gulf of Thailand’s G10/48 concession. Production is expected to reach a peak rate of approximately 10,000 BOPD as additional development wells are drilled and completed by the Key Gibraltar jackup rig. The company plans to drill up to 14 development wells and one water disposal well. Kris (89%) is the operator with Palang Sophon Offshore (11%).

Oil and Gas Development Co. (OGDC) has discovered oil at the Chak Naurang South-1 exploration well in the Chakwal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province. The well was drilled to a depth of 3220 m and targeted at an Eocene reservoir to test the potential of the lower Sakessar formation. The well produced 180 BOPD using a jet pump. OGDC (85%) is the operator with an unnamed partner (15%).


Origin Energy Resources started production at the BassGas project in Lang Lang, Victoria, Australia, after the Yolla-6 development well was successfully tied in to export facilities on the Yolla platform. The early, unstabilized production rate from BassGas has been increased to approximately 57 TJ/day following the connection of Yolla-6. Origin (42.5%) is the operator with partners AWE (35%), Toyota Tsusho Gas E&P Trefoil (11.25%), and Prize Petroleum International (11.25%).


Kinsale Energy, a subsidiary of Petronas, started drilling a well on the Midleton prospect in the Celtic Sea, offshore Ireland, using the Ocean Guardian semisubmersible rig. The company will fund 100% of the well’s drilling costs. Kinsale (80%) is the operator with Lansdowne Oil and Gas (20%).

Statoil discovered gas and condensate at its 2/4-23 S wildcat well, 17 km northeast of the Ekofisk field, in the southern North Sea. The well’s primary target was Upper Jurassic reservoir rocks in the Ula formation and Middle Jurassic reservoir rocks in the Byrne formation. A secondary target was to prove petroleum in Upper Triassic reservoir rocks. The well encountered 41 m of gas- and condensate-filled sandstone in the Ula formation and 20 m of gas and condensate pay in the Farsund formation. Statoil (77.8%) is the operator with Total E&P Norway (22.2%).

Lundin Norway’s 16/4-9 S exploration well intersected a 23-m gross oil column at the Luno II North prospect, 15 km south of the Edvard Grieg field, in the North Sea. The pay was encountered in Jurassic/Triassic conglomeratic sandstones and pressure data indicated that the petroleum system is different from the nearby Luno II discovery. The well produced oil at a rate of 1,000 B/D through a 32/64-in. choke during a drillstem test. Lundin (50%) is the operator of the license with partners OMV Norge (20%), Statoil (15%), and Wintershall Norge (15%).

Middle East

The National Iranian Drilling Co. spudded 11 new development and appraisal wells at the South Yaran oil field, which the country shares with Iraq. The field is expected to come on stream in March 2016 with an output of 50,000 BOPD. Iraq is currently producing approximately 200,000 BOPD from the field.

North America

Only five operators submitted bids for new acreage in the US Gulf of Mexico during the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s latest auction held in New Orleans in August. Anadarko Petroleum, BHP Billiton, BP, Peregrine Oil and Gas, and Ecopetrol America were all participants. The next US offshore auction program will begin in 2017 and will include acreage in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska, and the Atlantic Ocean.

LGO Energy spudded the GY-678 development well at its Goudron field in Trinidad. The well is the seventh drilled by LGO at the field this year. It will reach an anticipated measured depth of 4,200 ft, targeting a C-sand interval from which two other nearby wells are producing heavy oil. The company will also collect core and pressure data from the well to assist in an enhanced oil recovery project planned for next year. LGO is the operator and holds 100% interest.

South America

ExxonMobil discovered gas pay at the Manati Blanco-1 well in Block VMM-37 of Colombia’s Middle Magdalena Basin. The well was drilled through several hundred feet of porous, conventional channel sands in the Basal Tertiary formation. One section contained as much as 90 ft of sand with gas shows. ExxonMobil is the operator and owns 70% interest in the unconventional layers, with Patriot Energy Sucursal Colombia owning the remaining 30%. Patriot holds 100% interest in the block’s conventional resources.

Tecpetrol finished drilling and testing its Secoya Oeste—A001 exploration well in the Oriente Basin of Ecuador. The well encountered a net 33 ft of pay. The Lower U sandstone reservoir tested at an average gross rate of 972 BOPD of 27 °API gravity oil with a 10% water cut over the course of a 50-hour test using a jet pump. The Upper U sandstone tested at an average gross rate of 326 BOPD of 29 °API gravity oil with an 8% water cut over 53 hours. Tecpetrol (40%) is the operator with Canacol Energy (25%), Schlumberger (20%), and Sertecpet (15%).