Africa (Sub-Sahara)

  • Bowleven began drilling operations at its Zingana exploration well on the Bomono permit in Cameroon. Located 20 km northwest of Douala, Cameroon’s largest city, the well will target a Paleocene (Tertiary) aged, three-way dip closed fault block. The company plans to drill the well to a depth of 2000 m and will then spud a second well in Moambe, 2 km east of Zingana. Bowleven is the operator and holds 100% interest in the license.

  • Asia Pacific

  • China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC) has brought its Dongfang 1-1 gas field Phase I adjustment project on line ahead of schedule. The field is located in the Yinggehai basin of the Beibu Gulf in the South China Sea and has an average water depth of 70 m. The field is currently producing 53 MMcf/D of gas and is expected to reach its peak production of 54 MMcf/D before the end of the year. CNOOC is the operator of the field and holds 100% interest.

  • InterOil started drilling the Triceratops-3 appraisal well at Petroleum Retention License 39 in the Gulf province of Papua New Guinea. The well will target additional pay northwest of previous appraisal wells in the area. It is a potential tieback candidate to the Elk-Antelope gas field, which is approximately 35 km to the northwest. InterOil (69%) is the operator of the well with partner Pacific Rubiales Energy (13%) and other minority interests (18%).

  • Latin America-Caribbean

  • LGO Energy spudded well GY-675, which is its 12th development well at the Goudron field development onshore Trinidad. The well will be drilled to a depth of 3,700 ft and is targeting a C-sand reservoir interval that the company believes it will encounter at 1,900 ft in measured depth. LGO is the operator of the field and holds 100% interest.

  • Petrobras discovered oil at the BM-SEAL-4 concession in the ultradeepwater Sergipe basin offshore Brazil. Well 3-SES-189 lies at a 2479-m water depth and will be drilled to a total depth of 5350 m. The well encountered a total of 85 m of pay, which showed good porosity and permeability. Tests will be conducted to further evaluate the well’s reservoir conditions and production potential. Petrobras (75%) is the operator of the concession with partner Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (25%).

  • Premier Oil discovered a gross 75 ft of oil-bearing F3 sands at its Isobel Deep exploration well offshore the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). The sands had a higher reservoir pressure than expected, and produced oil similar in quality to oil found at the Sea Lion field, 30 km to the south. The well was drilled to a total depth of 8,289 ft. License PL004a is operated by Premier (36%) with partners Falkland Oil and Gas (40%), and Rockhopper Exploration (24%).

  • YPF discovered a new gas reservoir in the Vaca Muerta shale, in the southern province of Neuquen in Argentina. The La Ribera x-1 well produced 43,000 m3/d of gas and contains a hydrocarbon column with a gross thickness of 258 m. YPF is the operator and holds 100% interest in the discovery.

  • Middle East-North Africa

  • Gazprom Neft started oil production at its fourth well at the Badra field in Iraq. The high flow rate P-05 well has increased the field’s total production to approximately 28,000 B/D. The new well will allow geological and engineering operations to be conducted at nearby wells without significant effect on the field’s output. Gazprom Neft (30%) is the operator with partners Iraqi Oil Exploration Co. (25%), Korea Gas (22.5%), Petronas(15%), and Turkish Petroleum (7.5%).

  • Imperial Oil has brought its Kearl oil sands expansion project on line ahead of schedule in Alberta, Canada. Once production is fully ramped up, the project is expected to produce 110,000 B/D of bitumen. The project consists of three trains that use proprietary paraffinic froth treatment technology to produce the bitumen. Imperial (70.96%) is the operator with partnerExxonMobil Canada Properties (29.04%).

  • Northern Europe

  • Suncor Energy UK spudded the Niobe exploration well in License P1889, which is located in blocks 12/26b and 12/27, close to the Beatrice oil field off the northeast coast of Scotland. The well is being drilled by jackup rig ENSCO 100 and its main target is a stratigraphic pinch-out trap in Late Jurassic sands, 940 m below mean sea level. Suncor (49.5%) is the operator with partners Trap Oil (28%) and Noreco (22.5%).

  • Lundin Norway began drilling the 16/4-9 S exploration well at the Luno II North prospect, approximately 15 km south of the Edvard Grieg field in the North Sea. The well’s main objective is to test the prospect’s hydrocarbon potential and reservoir properties. The reservoir is expected to be of Jurassic/Triassic age. The planned total depth of the well is 2490 m below mean sea level, and it will be drilled by the semisubmersible drilling rig Bredford Dolphin. Lundin (50%) is the operator with partners OMV Norge (20%), Wintershall Norge (15%), and Statoil(15%).

  • South Asia-Indian Subcontinent

  • MOL Pakistan discovered hydrocarbons at the Mardan Khel-1 exploration well in the Tal block, which is located in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The well was drilled to a depth of 4912 m and tested four formations that flowed gas and condensate at high volumes. MOL (10%) operates the block with Pakistan Oil and Gas Development Co. (30%), Pakistan Petroleum (30%), Pakistan Oilfields (25%), Government Holdings (5%).

  • South, Central and East Europe

  • PGNiG started drilling the Miloslaw‑4K well in the Polish Fences license, approximately 15 km northwest of the producing Lisewo-1 and Lisewo-2 wells. The well’s objective is to test the Rotliegend sandstone formation, which lies at a projected depth of 3660 m. PGNiG (51%) is the operator with partner FX Energy (49%).

  • USA

  • W&T Offshore discovered 160 ft of hydrocarbon pay at its Ewing Banks 910 A-5 ST well in the US Gulf of Mexico. The company expects the well to begin producing by the second half of the year and plans to drill a second exploration well in the same block. W&T (50%) is the operator with an unnamed partner (50%).