Africa (Sub-Sahara)

  • Sound Energy identified significant gas shows at the first Tendrara well onshore Morocco. Drilled to a 2665-m measured vertical depth, the well hit a total gross pay interval of 89 m of gas. The full set of well logs are being processed before the startup of rigless mechanical reservoir stimulation operations, which will be followed by a well test. The company is the operator of the well with a 55% working interest. Office National de HydroCarbures et des Mines(25%) and Oil and Gas Investment Funds (20%) are the other participants.

     

  • Petroceltic reported that the AT-13 well in Algeria has penetrated a 240-ft gas- and condensate-bearing formation. The well will help establish and maintain the approved annual average wet gas plateau rate of 355 MMcf/D from the Ain Tsila field. AT-13 is the second well of the planned 24-well field development drilling campaign. Well test results from AT-13 will be confirmed later in the year when batch completion, stimulation, and testing activities are undertaken. Petroceltic is the operator with a 38.25% interest in the production-sharing contract that covers the Ain Tsila output. Sonatrach(43.375%) and Enel (18.375%) hold the remaining interests.

  • Asia Pacific

  • Quadrant Energy has begun drilling the offshore Outtrim East-1 well, located in the WA-155-P(1) exploration permit in Australia’s North West Shelf. The company will explore for additional hydrocarbon-bearing sands to the north and east of the hydrocarbon reservoir seen at the 1984 Outtrim-1 oil discovery approximately 0.6 miles away. Outtrim East-1 will be drilled to a 4,265-ft measured depth just above the Pyrenees formation, which was oil-bearing in the Outtrim-1 well. The company plans to obtain about 295 ft of conventional core before drilling the well’s final section to a 4,724-ft total depth. Quadrant is the operator with a 71.5% interest in the permit. Carnarvon Petroleum holds the remaining interest.

  • Canada

  • Statoil and its partners have completed a 19-month drilling program offshore Newfoundland, which resulted in oil discoveries at the Bay de Verde and Baccalieu prospects in the Bay du Nord area. The discoveries add to the resource base for a potential development at the 2013 Bay du Nord discovery. The recently completed exploratory and appraisal drilling program has reduced key reservoir uncertainties and confirmed that the recoverable volumes are within the original range of 300 million to 600 million bbl of oil estimated in 2013, the company said.

  • Latin America-Caribbean

  • Range Resources has received approval from Trinidadian regulators to spud the MD 51-2 development well. Drilling was set to begin in July. The directional well is being drilled to a 3,900-ft total depth to test the Middle and Upper Cruse sands encountered by the MD 250 development well. The initial log evaluations of the MD 250 well identified multiple hydrocarbon-bearing zones with an estimated net pay of more than 140 ft. Production tests of both wells are planned after pad drilling operations are completed. MD 51-2 is the second well of six that Range has planned in Trinidad this year.

  • Middle East-North Africa

  • Noble Energy has received approval from the Israeli government to develop the offshore Leviathan natural gas field, which is estimated to hold 22 Tcf of recoverable gas resources. The development calls for subsea production wells to be connected to a fixed platform that will tie into onshore receiving facilities. The platform’s expected initial production capacity is 1.2 Bcf/D, with a capability of producing up to 2.1 Bcf/D. The field is slated to start up in 2019 at an estimated phase one gross investment cost of USD 3.5 billion to USD 4 billion, according to Tudor, Pickering, and Holt. Noble, the operator, has a 39.66% working interest. Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration both hold 22.67% interests, and Ratio Oil Exploration (1992) holds a 15% interest.

  • Northern Europe

  • Faroe Petroleum has discovered oil and gas at the company-operated Brasse exploration well on Norwegian North Sea license PL740. The well was drilled to a 9,120-ft total depth and encountered approximately 60 ft and 70 ft of gross gas-bearing and oil-bearing reservoir, respectively. Preliminary findings from coring, wireline logging, and pressure data indicate a good quality sandstone reservoir, and fluid sampling has confirmed the presence of oil and gas. A sidetrack well will be drilled to help confirm the reservoir distribution and hydrocarbon contacts. Faroe and Point Resourceseach hold a 50% interest in the well.

  • Russia-Caspian-Central Asia

  • Skyland Petroleum has started oil production at the Kyzyl-Tumshuk field in Tajikistan. Field oil output is expected to increase in the coming months as additional wells come on line. Discovered in 1959, the field has been hampered by technological and financial constraints during much of its history. The company believes that significant reserves remain in the previously drilled shallow Paleogene reservoirs and other layers. Several productive horizons have been identified. Through an investment operating agreement with state oil and gas company Naftugaz, Skyland will receive 70% of field production while recovering costs and 50% thereafter.

  • Lukoil has spudded the first development well at the Vladimir Filanovsky field in shallow waters of the northern Caspian Sea offshore Russia. The well is being drilled from an ice-resistant fixed platform. First commercial field production is slated for the second half of the year. The field is the largest discovered in Russia in the past 25 years with estimated recoverable reserves of more than 1.4 Tcf of gas and 938 million bbl of oil.

  • South Asia-Indian Subcontinent

  • MOL reported a discovery in the TAL Block in Pakistan, the company’s eighth discovery in the block. The Makori Deep‑1 well, drilled to a targeted depth of 5067 m, flowed 2,020 B/D of oil and 5.4 MMscf/D of gas in a test of the Lockhart-1 formation. An MOL official said that the discovery has derisked exploration in deeper fault blocks in the company-operated TAL Block. MOL has a 10% interest in the block. Its joint-venture partners are Oil and Gas Development Company (30%), Pakistan Petroleum Limited(30%), Pakistan Oilfields Limited (25%), and Government Holdings Private Limited (5%).