Africa (Sub-Sahara)

  • Shell has initiated a two-well drilling program in blocks 1 and 4 of the Mafia Deep basin offshore Tanzania. Drilling is taking place in water depths of up to 7,545 ft, with the company and its joint-venture partners Pavilion Energy and Ophir Energy investing almost USD 80 million in the program. The two wells will meet the remaining requirements in the exploration licenses issued by the Tanzanian Ministry of Energy and Minerals.

  • Asia Pacific

  • Petronas has begun gas production from the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility, the PFLNG SATU, at the Kanowit field offshore Malaysia’s Sarawak state. The first-gas milestone marked the onset of commissioning and startup for the FLNG facility, preceding commercial production and initial cargo shipment. The facility is fitted with an external turret for operating in water depths of 229 ft to 656 ft. It will extract gas through a flexible subsea pipeline for the liquefaction, production, storage, and offloading of LNG at the field.

  • Quadrant Energy has successfully tested the Roc-2 well in the Bedout Basin offshore Western Australia. The well flowed at a maximum (equipment constrained) rate of 51.2 MMscf/D of gas and 2,943 B/D of condensate from an 82-ft perforated interval at 14,435-ft water depth. The results of this and other recent successful wells show significant potential in this largely unexplored, relatively shallow-water area, the company said. Quadrant is the operator of Roc-2 with an 80% interest. Carnarvon Petroleum holds the remaining share.

  • Latin America-Caribbean

  • Range Resources successfully spudded the QUN 160 development well in Trinidad’s Morne Diablo field during November. Drilled to a depth of 2,600 ft, QUN 160 is a redrill of the QUN 158 well and targeted the same Upper Cruse and Lower Forest sands as the earlier well. Also in Trinidad, the company was set to spud the GY218 SE well in the Beach Marcelle field during December. Range is the sole interest holder in both fields.

  • Mexico

  • Eni received approval from Mexican oil and gas regulator La Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos for a USD-177 million work program to drill on three offshore blocks for which the company won a production-sharing contract in 2015 bidding. The program covers activities through 2017 at the shallow-water Amoca, Mizton, and Tecoalli fields in the southern Gulf of Mexico. The fields hold an estimated 196 million bbl in remaining oil resources.

  • Middle East-North Africa

  • Sound Energy’s TE-7 well at the Tendrara license in Morocco has achieved initial flow rates that the company called “significantly better” than its estimates. The well, Sound’s second on the license, was drilled to an 11,348-ft measured depth and an 8,566‑ft vertical depth. An initial, unstimulated openhole test of the first 28% of a discovered gross reservoir interval produced gas at a rate of 8.8 MMcf/D after 24 hours of continuous flow through a 32/64-in. choke. Following the stimulation and test of the full interval, an extended well test was planned.

  • Wintershall has spudded SH-6 well, the first offshore well in Abu Dhabi’s Shuwaihat sour gas and condensate field. The company drilled the field’s first onshore well, SH-5, in July 2015. A third well, SH-7, is planned for offshore development. The field is being developed in partnership with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and OMV, with Wintershall as the operator.

  • Northern Europe

  • EnQuest has achieved first oil from the Scolty/Crathes project in the United Kingdom North Sea, approximately 100 miles northeast of Aberdeen. Scolty and Crathes are light oil fields that collectively hold an estimated 15 million bbl of technical gross oil reserves. The development plan consists of two single horizontal wells tied back by a subsea pipeline to the EnQuest-operated Kittiwake Platform. The company and MOL each hold 50% interests in the Scolty/Crathes project, which is operated by EnQuest.

  • Lundin has made a discovery at the Neiden 7220/6-2R well in Production License (PL) 609 of the southern Barents Sea offshore Norway. The exploratory well encountered a gross 100-ft hydrocarbon column, with 68 ft of oil and 32 ft of natural gas, in a Permian carbonate target. Gross resource estimate for the discovery is between 25 million and 60 million BOE. The company is the operator with a 40% interest in PL609, with DEA (30%) and Idemitsu (30%) holding the remainder.

  • OMV’s Wisting discovery in the Barents Sea, the northernmost find offshore Norway, could contain more than 1 billion BOE, the company said. That could make Wisting the largest discovery in the Norwegian Arctic. Preliminary recoverable reserves estimates range from 200 million to 500 million BOE. The company and its partners Statoil, Idemitsu, and Petoro continue to explore the region. If the project is approved, work could begin in 2019 or 2020, OMV Senior Vice President David Latin told a conference recently.

  • Chevron has started production at the Alder field in the North Sea offshore Scotland, more than 40 years after the field’s discovery. Alder is a single subsea well tied back by a 17-mile pipeline to the ConocoPhillips-operated Britannia Platform, in which Chevron holds a 32.38% working interest. With a design capacity of 110 MMcf/D of natural gas and 14,000 B/D of condensate, Alder is expected to ramp up production over the coming months. Chevron is the operator with a 73.684% interest, with ConocoPhillips holding the remainder.

  • Russia-Caspian-Central Asia

  • Lukoil has produced oil from a third well at the Vladimir Filanovsky field in the northern Caspian Sea. The flow rate is approximately 22,000 B/D of oil with total field production amounting to almost 66,000 B/D, the company said. Located about 136 miles from the city of Astrakhan, the shallow-water field is the second commissioned by the company in the Caspian’s Russian sector.

  • South Asia-Indian Subcontinent

  • Oil & Gas Development Company has discovered gas at the Mithri No. 1 exploration well in Pakistan’s Sindh Province. The discovery structure has been delineated, drilled, and tested, with a flow of 6.44 MMcf/D achieved from the Lower Goru formation through a 32/64-in. choke. The company is the operator with a 95% interest in the well. Government Holdings owns the remaining interest.