Africa (Sub-Sahara)

  • Marathon Oil has produced first gas from its Alba B3 compression platform offshore Equatorial Guinea. The startup enables the company to convert approximately 130 million BOE of proved undeveloped reserves, which more than doubles its remaining proved developed reserve base in the country. Marathon holds an operating interest of about 65% in the field, with Noble Energy holding the remaining stake.

  • Aminex said that gas production from the Kiliwani North-1 well in Tanzania has reached 30 MMcf/D (about 5,000 BOE/D). The project’s commissioning process is expected to conclude with a well test to determine the optimal production rate, which previous test data suggest will be approximately 30 MMcf/D, the company said. The operator of the Kiliwani North Development License, Aminex holds a 54.575% interest in the well.

  • Asia Pacific

  • Beach Energy produced first gas from the Udacha field in Production Retention License 26 of the Cooper Basin in South Australia. The Udacha-1 well was tied back to the Middleton production facility. Initial well production is expected to reach a stabilized rate of 1 MMscf/D and rise to 1.6 MMscf/d when compression at Middleton becomes available early next year. The company has a 90% interest in the well and is the operator. Rawson Resources holds the remaining interest in the well and with it has booked its first production revenue as a company.

  • Latin America-Caribbean

  • ExxonMobil’s Liza field discovery 120 miles offshore Guyana may hold as much as 1.4 billion bbl of oil, which is double the previous estimate. The field will probably yield the equivalent of 800 million to 1.4 billion bbl of oil, the company said. As a field partner, Hesswould see a 39% increase in proved reserves at the upper level of the estimate. ExxonMobil, the operator, has a 45% stake in the discovery, with Hess and China National Offshore Oil Corporationholding 30% and 25% interests, respectively.

  • Petrobras has produced first oil from the floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel Cidade de Saquarema in the Lula field of Block BM-S-11 in the pre-salt province of the Santos Basin. The company is the block’s operator with a 65% interest, with the remaining stakes held by Shell (25%) and Galp Energia (10%). The FPSO vessel is owned and operated by a joint venture headed by SBM Offshore.

  • Ecopetrol said it will drill possibly hundreds of new wells in Colombia’s Rubiales oil field, depending on oil prices, to maintain field output. The announcement followed the recent decision of Canada’s Pacific Exploration to turn over its 43% stake in Rubiales to the Colombian company. The handover gives Ecopetrol complete control of the field and is expected to add 60,000 B/D to company oil production. Ecopetrol President Juan Carlos Echeverry said the company would drill 35 Rubiales wells in the last 3 months of the year.

  • Middle East-North Africa

  • Genel Energy reported that the TT-27x sidetrack well in the Taq Taq field in the Kurdistan region of Iraq is flowing oil at 3,000 B/D after successful drilling and completion operations in the Cretaceous Shiranish reservoir. The sidetrack is the first well in this year’s Taq Taq work program, which aims to more evenly distribute the production rate over the field. Genel (44%) and Addax Petroleum(36%) are joint venture operators of Taq Taq under a production sharing contract with the Kurdistan Regional Government,which holds a 20% interest in the field.

  • Northern Europe

  • EnQuest has found oil at its wholly owned Eagle exploration well in the greater Kittiwake area of the Central North Sea. Preliminary analysis showed presence of an oil-bearing reservoir of 67-ft vertical thickness and “excellent reservoir properties,” the company said. No oil/water contact was found, which represented potential upside volumes on the structure’s flank. EnQuest anticipates gross total recoverable reserves of similar magnitude to those in the nearby Gadwall producing oil field, approximately 6 million bbl.

  • Russia-Caspian-Central Asia

  • Chevron has approved a major expansion at the Tengiz oil field in Kazakhstan that will increase oil production by about 260,000 B/D. Called the Future Growth and Wellhead Pressure Management Project, the expansion is estimated to cost USD 36.8 billion and will achieve first oil in 2022. The project will raise total production for Tengizchevroil (TCO), the field’s joint venture operating company, to about 1 million BOE/D. TCO’s partners are Chevron (50%), Exxon Mobil (25%), Kazakhstan Petroleum (20%), and Lukoil (5%).

  • South Asia-Indian Subcontinent

  • Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) has made a discovery at the Hadi X-1A well in the Gambat South Block of the Sanghar district in Pakistan’s Sindh province. Preliminary analysis of well test data suggests a tight gas discovery, the company said. PPL drilled the prospect to test the potential of the Lower Goru and Sembar formation sands. Gas flowed in the well test at an average rate of 850 Mscf/D through a 32/64-in. choke. The operator of the block, PPL holds a 65% stake in the well, with the remaining stakes held by Government Holdings Private Limited (25%) and Asia Resources Oil (10%).

  • USA

  • Noble Energy is ramping up production from its Gunflint project in Mississippi Canyon Block 948 in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico. The company anticipates gross production of at least 20,000 BOE/D, of which 75% is expected to be oil. The field operator, Noble, has a 31.14% working interest in Gunflint. The field partners include Ecopetrol (31.50%), Samson Offshore Mapleleaf (19.13%), and Marathon Oil (18.23%). Gunflint is a two-well subsea tieback to the Gulfstar One facility owned by Williams Partners and Marubeni.

  • Devon Energy continues to see success with its spacing pilot program in the STACK [Sooner Trend, Anadarko Basin, and Canadian and Kingfisher counties] play in Oklahoma. The Alma spacing pilot project tested five wells per section across a single upper Meramec formation interval, delivering 30-day production rates averaging 1,400 BOE/D per well. Sixty percent of the production was light oil. Early pilot flowback results indicate minimal interference between wells, suggesting potential for tighter spacing in the overpressured oil window.