Africa (Sub-Sahara)

  • ExxonMobil subsidiary Esso Exploration Angola has started oil production at the Kizomba Satellites Phase 2 project offshore Angola. The project involves the development of subsea infrastructure for the Kakocha, Bavuca, and Mondo South fields. Mondo South is the first field to begin production, and the other two satellite fields will follow later this year. The goal is to increase Block 15’s production to 350,000 BOPD. Esso (40%) is the operator with BP Exploration Angola (26.67%), Eni Exploration Angola (20%), and Statoil Angola Block 15 (13.33%).

  • Kosmos Energy discovered gas at the Tortue West prospect in Block C-8 offshore Mauritania. Exploration well Tortue-1 received intermediate logging to a depth of 4630 m and intersected 107 m of net hydrocarbon pay. A single gas pool was encountered in the lower Cenomanian layer, which comprises three high-quality multi-darcy reservoirs. The well was drilled in 2700 m of water. Kosmos (60%) is the operator with partners Chevron (30%) and Société Mauritanienne des Hydrocarbures et de Patrimoine Minier (10%).

  • Mazarine Energy discovered 38 m of net oil-bearing reservoir at Tunisia’s onshore Zaafrane permit. The CAT-1 well’s main objective was to test the hydrocarbon potential of the Ordovician El Hamra and El Atchane formations. During a production test, the well flowed oil at a rate of 4,300 BOPD and gas at 395,000 m3/d, constrained by surface facilities. Mazarine (45%) is the operator with Tunisian national oil company ETAP (50%) and Medex Petroleum (5%).

  • Asia Pacific

  • KrisEnergy discovered oil at the Rayrai-1 exploration well in Block G10/48 in the Gulf of Thailand. The well intersected 50 ft of oil-bearing sandstones after reaching a total depth of 6,382 ft. Once the well is plugged, the company will begin drilling as many as 15 development wells in the area. So far, the license contains three oil discoveries. KrisEnergy (89%) is the operator with partner Palang Sophon Offshore (11%).

  • AWE Limited discovered elevated gas readings at its Irwin-1 well in Western Australia’s onshore Perth basin. The gas was detected in the Dongara/Wagina sandstones, which are the well’s primary target. Gas was also detected in secondary targets, such as the Carynginia shale, the Irwin River coal measures, and the deeper Kingia and High Cliff sandstones. Intervals will be further evaluated with a wireline logging program. The Irwin prospect straddles licenses EP320 and L1 and is operated by AWE with partner Origin Energy through an agency agreement.

  • Latin America-Caribbean

  • ExxonMobil Exploration Colombia spudded the Manati Blanco-1 well in Colombia’s Middle Magdalena basin. Located in Block VMM-37, the well is targeting the lower Tertiary Wedge conventional sandstone formation at approximately 8,000 ft to 9,000 ft. Manati Blanco-1 will then be drilled through a number of unconventional formations, reaching a total depth of 16,000 ft. ExxonMobil is the operator, with 70% working interest in the unconventional layers, with Patriot Energy Sucursal Colombia owning 30%. Patriot holds 100% interest in the block’s conventional resources.

  • During a 2-hour stabilized flow test, Karoon Gas Australia’s Echidna-1 exploration well produced oil at a rate of 4,650 B/D with a flowing wellhead pressure of 504 psig offshore Brazil. Samples recovered showed the presence of 38.6 °API gravity crude oil. Located in Block S-M-1102 in the Santos basin, the well intersected 104 m of net oil pay in Paleocene and Maastrichtian aged reservoirs. Karoon (65%) is the operator with partner Pacific Rubiales Energy (35%).

  • Middle East-North Africa

  • Dana Gas Egypt spudded the onshore Balsam-2 development well in the Nile Delta of Egypt. A slanted and fully cored pilot hole will be drilled through the Qawasim reservoir, followed by the drilling of a 700-m horizontal section. The well will be the company’s first horizontal well and is expected to take 4 months to drill and complete. Dana is the operator of the concession and holds 100% interest.

  • DNO has doubled the capacity of its Tawke field in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to 200,000 BOPD. This was made possible by the construction of 10 new horizontal wells, two early production facilities with a combined capacity of 80,000 BOPD, and the installation of a 44-km, 24-in. pipeline. The company is in the process of ramping up production from approximately 150,000 BOPD to its full capacity. DNO (55%) is the operator with Genel Energy (25%) and the Kurdistan Regional Government (20%).

  • Northern Europe

  • Det Norske completed the drilling of two geo pilot wells in the Ivar Aasen field in the North Sea using the Maersk Interceptor jackup rig. Well 16/1-21 S encountered a total oil column of 54 m in the Skagerrak formation, 25 m of which was good to very good reservoir quality. Well 16/1-21 A encountered 41 m of oil pay and 4 m of gas pay, 29 m of which was good to very good reservoir quality in the Sleipner and Skagerrak formations. Det Norske (35%) is the operator with Statoil (50%) and Bayerngas (15%).

  • South, Central and East Europe

  • Sound Oil confirmed the presence of gas-bearing intervals through wireline and mud logging at an appraisal well targeting the Mioecene San Dona formation in northeast Italy. The well reached a total depth of 2054 m and will be completed and tested. Sound Oil is the operator and owns 100% interest in the license.

  • USA

  • Statoil discovered oil at the Yeti prospect in the US Gulf of Mexico’s Walker Ridge Block 160, 15 km south of the Big Foot field. The well was drilled by the semisubmersible rig Maersk Developer. The company is in the process of determining the size of the discovery. Statoil (50%) is the operator with Anadarko(37.5%) and Samson (12.5%).