Africa (Sub-Sahara)

  • Shell’s new natural gas discoveries in Egypt are estimated in initial quantities at about 500 Bcf with more reserves possible, said Aidan Murphy, chairman and managing director of Shell Egypt. The discoveries, in a concession area of north Alam El-Shawish in the country’s western desert, could yield 10% to 15% of the total production of Badr el-Din Petroleum Company, the 50/50 joint venture of Shell and Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation that is expected to manage the operations.

  • Eni reported that the Laarich East-1 oil well in Tunisia has a delivery capacity of approximately 2,000 B/D. Spudded in June, the well discovered hydrocarbons in Silurian and Ordovician sandstones while reaching a final depth of 13,487 ft. The well has now been connected to production. The company continues to drill Tunisian exploration prospects that have been identified on 3D seismic surveys. Eni owns a 50% stake in the Makhrouga-Laarich-Debbech license, where the Laarich East-1 well is located. State company Enterprise Tunisienne d’Activités Pétrolières holds the remaining stake.

  • Asia Pacific

  • China National Offshore Operating Company (CNOOC) began producing oil from separate fields in the South China Sea. At the Enping 18-1 field in the Pearl River Mouth Basin, current production of 2,010 B/D is expected to reach 11,800 B/D within the year. The field, which is part of a four-field regional joint development, lies in 295 ft of water and produces from facilities at the Enping 24-2 field. The company also has started production at the Weizhou 6-9/6-10 comprehensive adjustment project in the Beibu Gulf. Situated in 115 ft of water, the project is producing about 850 B/D and is expected to reach peak output of 3,800 B/D in 2018. CNOOC holds 100% operating interests in Enping 18-1 and Weizhou.

  • Ophir Energy initiated gas production at the Kerendan field in Indonesia. The company is transporting 3 MMscf/D to 5 MMscf/D to customer PLN, a state-owned electricity distributor, and will boost output to 20 MMscf/D when a new transmission line is completed later this year. Ophir is the operator with a 70% interest in the field, with the remaining interest held by PT Saka Bangkanai Kalimantan.

  • Mubadala Petroleum’s MNA-17 well in the Manora development in the northern Gulf of Thailand has found 57 ft of oil pay in four reservoirs. Drilled to a 6,509-ft total vertical depth subsea, the well is being suspended before completion as a multizone producer that will use an electrical submersible pump during a hydraulic workover program. Production is expected to begin in November. The company is the operator and holds a 60% interest in the development, with Tap Oil (30%) and Northern Gulf Petroleum (10%) holding the remaining interests.

  • Quadrant Energy’s Roc-2 well has found a hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir on the WA-437-P exploration permit in the North West Shelf of Australia. The discovery was confirmed by logging-while-drilling results obtained before the well reached its total measured depth of 17,356 ft. Extensive logging and testing were under way following the completion of drilling. The company is the operator and holds an 80% interest in the permit, with the remaining stake held by Carnarvon Petroleum.

  • Latin America-Caribbean

  • Gazprom Chief Executive Officer Alexey Miller said that gas production at Bolivia’s Incahuasi field would double to 13 million m3/d by mid-2019. The company has a 20% interest in the gas and condensate field, which is operated by Total (50%). Tecpetrol (20%) and YPFB (10%) are the other partners.

  • Middle East-North Africa

  • Tethys Oil said that its share of production from Blocks 3 and 4 onshore the Sultanate of Oman increased to 387,174 bbl of oil, or 12,489 B/D, in August. The figures are gross amounts before subtraction of the government’s share and represent an increase from comparable figures of 368,628 bbl, or 11,891 B/D, in July.

  • Northern Europe

  • Engie has made a discovery in the Cara prospect offshore Norway that could hold between 25 million BOE and 75 million BOE. The discovery well in License 636 encountered a gas column of 167 ft and an oil column of 196 ft. The company acquired extensive data from wireline logs, three successful core runs, and a successful production test. Possible linkage of the discovery to the nearby Gjøa field’s infrastructure are under evaluation. Engie is the operator with a 30% interest in the license. Idemitsu (30%), Tullow (20%), and Wellesley Petroleum (20%) are the other participants.

  • Russia-Caspian-Central Asia

  • Gazprom discovered a gas deposit during exploration at the Kirinskoye field in the Sea of Okhotsk near Sakhalin Island, Russia. Reserve estimates for the discovery have not been disclosed. The field is considered crucial for the company’s plans to boost liquefied natural gas (LNG) production at its Sakhalin-2 plant on the island. The plant produces 10 million tonnes of LNG per year and is slated to add another 5 million tonnes of capacity.

  • South Asia-Indian Subcontinent

  • KrisEnergy spudded the Bangora-6 development well in the Block 9 production sharing contract approximately 31 miles east of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Drilled from the Golpanagar site in the block’s northern section, the well is targeted to reach total depth at 12,421 ft measured depth or 10,016 ft total vertical depth. The Bangora field produced an average of 106 MMcf/D of gas and 291 B/D of condensate from four wells in 2015. The company is the operator and holds a 30% working interest in the block, with the remaining interests held by Niko Resources (60%) and Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company (10%).

  • USA

  • Shell began producing from the Stones project in the US Gulf of Mexico (GOM), which in 9,500 ft of water is the world’s deepest offshore oil and gas development. Initial production flows from two subsea wells that are tied back to a floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel. Peak production slated for late 2017 is an estimated 50,000 BOE/D, which will flow from eight subsea wells and be assisted by a seafloor multiphase pumping system. The FPSO is only the second to be installed in the US GOM. Shell has a 100% interest in Stones.