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Bowleven’s Moambe exploration well on the Bomono Permit onshore Cameroon has encountered hydrocarbons. The well was drilled to a planned total depth of 5,803 ft and made its discovery in Paleocene-aged (Tertiary) target reservoir intervals. Moambe is the second in a two-well exploration program on the permit. The first well, Zingana, also discovered hydrocarbons. The Moambe well will be tested before further testing takes place at Zingana. Bowleven holds 100% interest in the permit.

Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production has begun production at the Bonga Phase 3 project, an expansion of the deepwater Bonga project in Nigeria. Peak production from the expansion is expected to be 50,000 BOEPD, which will be shipped by pipelines to the Bonga floating production, storage, and offloading facility. Shell Nigeria is the operator with a 55% contractor interest under a production sharing contract with the Nigerian National Petroleum Company. The coventurers are Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria (20%), Total E&P Nigeria (12.5%), and Nigerian Agip Exploration (12.5%).

ExxonMobil has started production 5 months ahead of schedule at the Erha North Phase 2 project offshore Nigeria. Peak production from the expansion is expected to be 65,000 BOPD, which will increase the total Erha North field production to 90,000 BOPD. The expansion project will develop an estimated additional 165 million bbl. The company, through its subsidiary Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria, holds a 56.25% interest in the project. Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production holds the remaining interest.


Korea Gas (Kogas) was slated to begin commercial production at its joint venture gas field and petrochemical complex in Uzbekistan in October, with part of the gas used for feedstock production. The offshore Surgil gas field holds an estimated 130 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) equivalent. The field project is an equal venture of Uzbekneftegaz and a South Korean consortium comprising Kogas, Lotte Chemical, and GS E&R. The project will produce an estimated 3.58 MTPA of LNG equivalent, or 4.5 billion m3/yr of natural gas.

Pakistan Petroleum made a gas and condensate discovery at the Hala block in the Matiari district of Pakistan’s Sindh province. Well Fazl X-1 was drilled to a total depth of 4067 m and contained hydrocarbon-bearing intervals in the Massive sand of the Lower Goru formation. The interval flowed 20.3 MMscf/D of natural gas and 50 B/D of condensate at a 48/64-in. choke size. The well marks the company’s third discovery in the block. Pakistan Petroleum (65%) is the operator with partner Mari Petroleum (35%).

Pan Orient Energy’s Akeh-1 exploration well in the Batu Gajah production sharing contract onshore Sumatra, Indonesia, has been drilled and cased to a depth of 6,070 ft (1850 m). Based on logging and formation pressure sampling, the company has decided to test three potentially hydrocarbon-bearing intervals within the primary target of the Lower Talang Akar formation. Pan Orient, a Canadian company, is the operator with a 77% interest in the contract.


Transerv Energy reported that the Warro field onshore Western Australia may be bigger than previously thought, after the Warro-5ST well encountered a 574-ft gas interval. The well remains in gas at a total depth of 14,507 ft, which reinforces the case for a field potential of 8 Tcf to 10 Tcf of gas in place, the company said. The well was slated for stimulation and testing. Drilling on the nearby Warro-6 well was to begin in early October. Transerv and Alcoa hold 35% and 65% interests in the field, respectively.


Tethys Oil’s Tidikas-1 exploration well on the Raseiniai license in Lithuania has encountered a combined oil column of almost 170 ft in two limestone formations. The well is the second one drilled on the license this year. The Bedugnis-1 well was completed in August and also recorded oil shows. Both wells were targeting Silurian reefs and carbonate features mapped by a 30-sq mile 3D seismic study completed last year. The Tidikas-1 well will be put on a long-term production test. Tethys holds a 30% indirect interest in the license, with the remaining interests held by Odin Energi and private investors.

Middle East

Egyptian General Petroleum will search for oil outside Egypt for the first time, after signing an agreement with Kuwait Energy for part of a concession in Iraq. Kuwait Energy will give up 10% of a concession in Basra in southern Iraq for exploration by the Egyptian national oil company. Once an energy exporter, Egypt is now a net energy importer. Concession-area production was slated to begin in October with a return of 5,000 BOPD from the Fayhaa 1 well. The return is expected to expand to 150,000 BOPD by 2020–2021.

Eni discovered a “supergiant gas field” at the Zohr Prospect in the Mediterranean Sea offshore Egypt, the company announced. The Zohr 1X NFW well was drilled in 4,757 ft of water at the Shorouk block to a total depth of 13,553 ft. The well intersected 2,067 ft of hydrocarbon pay in a carbonate sequence of Miocene age with excellent reservoir characteristics. Eni is the operator of the block and holds 100% interest.

North America

ConocoPhillips has started production at its Surmount 2 oil sands project, which is located 63 km southeast of Fort McMurray in the Athabasca region of Alberta, Canada.  Production will ramp up through 2016 and 2017, adding 118,000 BOPD of gross capacity. Total gross capacity for Surmount 1 and 2 is expected to reach 150,000 BOPD. ConocoPhillips (50%) is the operator with Total (50%).

South America

GeoPark discovered oil at the Chachalaca 1 exploration well located on the Llanos 34 block in Colombia. The company drilled and completed the well to a total depth of 12,270 ft and tested the Mirador formation with an electrical submersible pump. It flowed oil of 30 °API at a rate of approximately 1,100 B/D with a 6% water cut. Further production testing will be conducted to determine stabilized flow rates. GeoPark (45%) is the operator with Parex Resources (55%).