Africa (Sub-Sahara)

  • Eni started production from the West Hub development project’s Mpungi field in Block 15/06 offshore Angola. The startup follows the project’s first oil from the Sangos field in November 2014 and the Cinguvu field last April. Mpungi will ramp up West Hub oil production to 100,000 B/D in the first quarter from a previous level of 60,000 B/D. The project also includes the future development of the Mpungi North, Ochigufu, and Vandumbu fields. Eni is the block operator with a 36.84% stake. Sonangol (36.84%) and SSI Fifteen(26.32%) hold the other stakes.

  • Bowleven said that its extended flow test program at the Moambe and Zingana wells on the Bomono Permit onshore Cameroon is complete. The company said that the results to date continue to support its plans for an initial supply of between 5 MMscf/D and 6 MMscf/D of natural gas for power generation, under a development program established with partners Actis and Eneo. The initial program focuses on production from the shallower gas-prone sands on the permit. Bowleven has a 100% equity interest in the permit.

  • Asia Pacific

  • Sinopec struck high yields of oil and natural gas in a test well offshore Beibu Bay in southwestern China. The Wei-4 well, 68 miles southwest of the city of Beihai, identified oil-bearing layers almost 328 ft thick. The well tested a first layer at rates of more than 9,200 B/D of oil and 2.53 MMcf/D of gas and a second layer at more than 8,600 B/D of oil and 2.68 MMcf/D of gas. The offshore discovery, in which Sinopec has a 100% interest, is rare for the company, which mainly drills onshore prospects.

  • Buru Energy found oil at the Ungani Far West 1 well in production license L21 in Western Australia. An oil sample taken at a 5,118-ft depth from the top of the Anderson formation, and pressure data interpretation, indicate that the well holds a potential oil column of at least 45 ft and net pay of about 16 ft. Buru, the operator, and Diamond Resources (Fitzroy), a subsidiary of Mitsubishi, each hold a 50% equity interest in the well.

  • Latin America-Caribbean

  • Premier Oil recently redrilled its Isobel Deep well (No. 14/20-2) in the North Falkland Basin and confirmed the oil discovery made at the well last May. New hydrocarbons were also found, the company reported. Situated on license PL004A, the redrilled well reached its 9,890-ft target depth and found oil-bearing zones in several sandstone reservoirs between 8,400 ft and 9,385 ft. The lower depth is the base of the Isobel Deep sand. Operator Premier has a 36% interest in the license, with the remaining interest held by Rockhopper Exploration (24%) and Falkland Oil and Gas(40%).

  • Middle East-North Africa

  • Gas Plus Khalakan (GPK) reported that it had produced 65,000 bbl of oil over 180 days from the Shewashan-1 discovery well in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region before increased water production caused it to be shut in. The discovery on the Khalakan Block tested at a maximum rate of 2,850 B/D of light oil in 2014. The well will either be worked over, sidetracked, or converted to water disposal if necessary, the company said. GPK has spudded the Shewashan-2 development well and plans to drill a third development well immediately afterward. GPK is the operator of the Khalakan production sharing contract with an 80% interest.

  • Northern Europe

  • Total said on 21 January that first gas production from Britain’s Laggan-Tormore gas condensate fields off the Shetland Islands in the North Sea was expected to flow in the coming weeks. Peak production of 494 MMcf/D is expected. Production had been slated to start more than a year ago but encountered delays. Total, the operator, has a 60% stake in the project. Dong E&P and SSE E&Peach hold 20% stakes.

  • Russia-Caspian-Central Asia

  • Rosneft’s RN-Uvatneftegaz subsidiary began commercial oil production at the Zapadno-Epasskoye field, which is part of the Uvat project in the Ust-Tegussky license area of Russia’s Tyumen Region. Hydraulic fracturing treatments at two of the field’s seven wells have enabled the production of more than 2,950 B/D of oil. The field continues to produce a combined 16.6 Mcf/D of natural gas. Recoverable oil reserves at the field amount to more than 121 million bbl, the company said.

  • Roxi Petroleum reported that Well 143 in the BNG Contract Area of western Kazakhstan is “flowing strongly” after encountering oil shows late last year. Average daily flow rates were 520 BOPD with a 3-mm choke, 675 BOPD with a 5-mm choke, and 815 BOPD with a 7-mm choke. The improved flow rates have resulted from the perforation of five additional intervals. The well, which lies in the Pre-Caspian Basin, was drilled to a 9,022-ft total depth. Roxi has a 58.41% interest in the contract area, which is about 25 miles southeast of Tengiz.

  • South Asia-Indian Subcontinent

  • OGDCL found natural gas at Thal East Well No. 01 in Block 2769-15 in the Sukkur District of Sindh Province in Pakistan. Drilled to a 14,659-ft depth, the well found hydrocarbons in the Basal Sand of the Lower Goru formation and produced 23.5 MMscf/D of gas through a 36/64-in. choke at wellhead flowing pressure of 3,280 psig. OGDCL has a 100% interest in the block.

  • USA

  • Anadarko produced first oil at the Heidelberg field in Green Canyon Block 859 in the US Gulf of Mexico. The sister spar project to Lucius, the Heidelberg spar can produce 80,000 B/D of oil and 80 MMcf/D of natural gas and operate in 5,300 ft of water. Lucius, which started up last year, and Heidelberg were constructed with a “design one, build two” strategy that streamlined and economized several processes and enabled Heidelberg to come on line 6 months sooner than otherwise. Operator Anadarko has a 31.5% interest. Other participants are Cobalt International Energy (9.375%), Eni (12.5%), ExxonMobil (9.375%), Freeport-McMoran(12.5%), Marubeni (12.75%), and Statoil (12%).