Africa (Sub-Sahara)

  • FAR said that drilling has begun on the SNE-5 appraisal well offshore Senegal. The well and the following SNE-6 well will evaluate the upper SNE reservoir units’ connectivity and deliverability by oil flow testing that will include interference tests. The new wells follow a four-well appraisal program that the company called “highly successful.” FAR has a 15% interest in the SNE field, which is operated by Cairn Energy (40%). Other participants are ConocoPhillips (35%) and Petrosen (10%).

  • San Leon Energy reported encouraging performance from its OML 18 field in Nigeria. Reperforation of an oil well increased gross field production to approximately 61,000 B/D before output was temporarily scaled back to 53,000 B/D for a shut-in, upgrade, and workover of the well. A number of other field wells will be reperforated in coming months, the company said. San Leon holds a 9.72% interest in the field, which is operated by Eroton (35%). Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. holds the remaining stake.

  • Asia Pacific

  • China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) has begun production from the Enping 23-1 oil fields in the Pearl River Mouth Basin of the South China Sea. The Enping 23-1 development program will fully use the existing facilities of the Enping 24-2 oil field and involves three other Enping oil fields in a joint project. Three wells are producing 5,600 B/D, and the overall project is expected to reach peak production of 24,800 B/D in 2018. The company is the sole interest owner in the fields.

  • China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) reported that the Penglai 19-9 comprehensive adjustment project in the Bohai Sea has started oil production. Two wells are currently producing approximately 750 B/D, and peak oil output of 13,000 B/D from 57 planned wells is expected in 2019. The company is the operator with a 51% working interest. ConocoPhillips holds the remaining project interest.

  • Latin America-Caribbean

  • ExxonMobil has made a deepwater discovery at the Payara-1 well in the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana, the company’s second in the block over the past 2 years. The latest well, drilled in a new reservoir, found more than 95 ft of high‑quality, oil-bearing sandstone. Situated about 10 miles northwest of ExxonMobil’s 2015 Liza discovery, Payara-1 was drilled to 18,080 ft in 6,660 ft of water. The company is drilling two sidetrack wells to evaluate the discovery. ExxonMobil is operator with a 45% interest in the block, with Hess (30%) and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum (25%) holding the remaining stakes.

  • Middle East-North Africa

  • DNO reported that the Peshkabir-2 well has discovered oil in the southern flank of the Peshkabir field in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The well flowed at a stable rate of 3,800 B/D of 28 °API oil from an openhole test of a 557-ft interval. Pressure data and oil shows from cuttings and sidewall cores indicate a Cretaceous oil interval of more than 984 ft, the company said. DNO operates and has a 55% working interest in the license that includes the field. Genel Energy (25%) and the Kurdistan Regional Government (20%) hold the remaining stakes.

  • Northern Europe

  • Eni announced a discovery at well 6608/10-17S offshore Norway in the PL128/128D licenses of the Norwegian Sea. The well encountered 91 ft of oil and gas with good reservoir properties in the Cretaceous sandstones of the Cape Vulture prospect. The size of the discovery has been preliminarily estimated at 70 million to 200 million bbl of oil in place, with additional potential to be evaluated. The company has an 11.5% interest in the well, which is operated by Statoil (63.95%). Petoro holds a 24.55% stake in the well.

  • Hurricane Energy has spudded well 205/23-A (the Halifax well) in the UK North Sea. Results from the recent Lancaster pilot well (205/21a-7) indicate that its oil accumulation likely extends beyond the Lancaster license, the company said. Hurricane believes that if the Halifax well can demonstrate mobile oil outside of the local structural closure, then the Lancaster field could extend farther northeast.

  • Russia-Caspian-Central Asia

  • Gazprom Neft, the oil unit of Gazprom, has started up two more production wells at the Prirazlomnoye field in the Pechora Sea, Russia’s only offshore Arctic oil project. Production at one of the new wells has reached 12,900 B/D, and six of the field’s planned 32 wells are now producing.

  • USA

  • BP completed its Thunder Horse South expansion project, which is expected to boost production by a gross 50,000 BOE/D at the deepwater Thunder Horse field in the US Gulf of Mexico. A subsea production system was added two miles south of the Thunder Horse platform, and two 11,000-ft seabed flowlines were installed to tie the system into the platform. By using proven, standardized equipment and technology instead of building custom components, BP was able to bring in the project USD 150 million under budget and 11 months early, the company said. BP is the field operator with a 75% interest. ExxonMobil holds the remaining interest.

  • Foothills Exploration has begun drilling its Labokay prospect well in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. The prospect is an amplitude-vs.-offset oil play that targets the Frio Nododaria Blanpiedi sand. The well will be drilled to a total measured depth of 8,575 ft and true vertical depth of 8,190 ft. The company will earn 100% working interest before payout for drilling, and Magna Operating will back in for a 20% interest after payout.

  • W&T Offshore reported that it has logged 149 ft of net oil pay in five zones from the Ship Shoal 359 A-18 well in the US Gulf of Mexico and extended the size and depth calculations of the Mahogany field. Drilled to a 20,000-ft vertical depth in 372 ft of water, the well confirmed that the T sand is present and oil-bearing on the field’s west side, and penetrated four other pay sands. By drilling a subsequent exploratory tail about 950 ft deeper, the company found another pay interval in the U sand. W&T is the field’s sole interest owner.