Africa (Sub-Sahara)

  • Chevron has produced oil and gas from the main production facility at the Mafumeira Sul project offshore Angola. Situated 15 miles off Cabinda province in 200 ft of water, Mafumeira Sul is the second-stage development of the Mafumeira field in Block 0. The new project has a design capacity of 150,000 B/D of liquids and 350 MMcf/D of natural gas. Early production began last October through a temporary production system. Ramp-up to full production is expected to continue through 2018. The company is the project operator with a 39.2% interest. Sonangol (41%), Total (10%), and Eni (9.8%) hold the remaining stakes.

  • Total has started production from the Moho Nord deep project offshore the Republic of the Congo. The company-operated project has a production capacity of 100,000 BOE/D. The field is being developed through the tieback of 34 wells to a new tension-leg platform, Total’s first in Africa, and to the new Likouf floating production unit, which holds oil processing facilities and is connected by pipeline to the company’s Djeno onshore terminal. Total has a 53.5% interest in Moho Nord with the remaining interests held by Chevron (31.5%) and Société Nationale des Pétroles du Congo (15%).

  • Cairn Energy said that oil and gas samples taken during logging and testing of the company-operated SNE-5 appraisal well offshore Senegal indicate the presence of oil of similar quality to that in previous area wells. Drillstem test (DST) 1a flowed from a 59-ft interval at a maximum rate of 4,500 B/D of oil. In DST 1b, a 27-ft zone was added and the well flowed at a maximum rate of 4,200 B/D. The drillship used on the well has been moved nearby for further exploration and appraisal drilling. Cairn has a 40% working interest in the SNE-5 well with other interests held by ConocoPhillips (35%), FAR (15%), and Petrosen (10%).

  • Asia Pacific

  • Cambodia was set to sign a revised production-sharing contract with Kris Energy in late March for development of an offshore field that would produce the country’s first oil. The company will seek a partner in the investment before proceeding with the project, which Kris expects will initially produce 8,000 B/D of oil in the early 2020s. The company acquired its stake in the project in 2014 from Chevron, which made a discovery 10 years ago but was unable to reach investment terms with the government. Kris later bought out the interests of Mitsui and GS Energy in the project.

  • Latin America-Caribbean

  • President Energy reported that the first workover of the previously producing DP12 well at Argentina’s Dos Puntitas field has been completed on time and within budget. The workover remedied a leak in the production packer and problems with a faulty jet pump bottomhole assembly. In the process, the well received an acid stimulation and is achieving an initial production of more than 120 B/D, which is in line with expectations.

  • Middle East-North Africa

  • SDX Energy began drilling operations in late March on the SD-1X well at its South Disouq concession in Egypt’s Nile Delta area. The well targets gas in the upper Abu ;Madi section and oil in the lower AEB and Abu Roash sections. Drilling operations were expected to take 30 to 45 days. The company was granted a 6-month extension to its initial exploration period, which will run to 19 September. SDX said this would allow adequate time to evaluate well results before deciding on additional exploration at the concession.

  • Gazprom Neft has started up three new wells with overall oil production of 23,000 B/D at the company-operated Badra field in Iraq. Field production has reached 77,000 B/D, Gazprom Neft said. The company has a 30% interest in the field with other interests held by Kogas (22.5%), Petronas (15%), Turkish Petroleum (7.5%), and the Iraqi Oil Exploration Company (25%).

  • Northern Europe

  • Statoil has made a discovery at company-operated well 34/10-55 S in the North Sea, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) said. Drilled from the Gullfaks C platform to a structure east of the Gimle field, the well encountered a total oil and gas column of 557 ft, of which 196 ft are in sandstone with good to very good reservoir properties and 32 ft are in sandstone with moderate to good properties, the NPD said. The discovery holds an estimated 36 MMscf to 108 MMscf of recoverable oil equivalents and will be produced by a future Gullfaks C development well. Statoil has a 70% interest in the discovery, with the remaining share held by Petoro.

  • Statoil also discovered gas at wildcat well 6507/3-12 and appraisal well 6507/3‑12 A about four miles east of the Alve field in the northern Norwegian Sea, the NPD said. Well 6507/3-12 encountered a total gas column of 22 ft in Late Cretaceous sandstone with good reservoir properties. Drilling on well 6507/3-12 A was halted because of technical issues. Preliminary estimates place the size of the discovery between 36 Bscf and 180 Bscf of recoverable gas. Statoil, the operator with an 85% interest in the wells, and DONG Energy, which holds the remaining interest, will assess the discovery and other nearby discoveries and prospects regarding possible development.

  • USA

  • Repsol and its partner Armstrong Energy announced that they have made the largest onshore conventional hydrocarbon discovery in the US in 30 years. The Horseshoe-1 and -1A wells, drilled the winter of 2016–2017, confirm the Nanushuk play as a significant emerging play in Alaska’s North Slope, Repsol said. Contingent resources in the two companies’ Nanushuk blocks, identified from existing data, could amount to 1.2 billion bbl of recoverable light oil, Repsol said. The company holds a 25% interest in the Horseshoe discovery and a 49% interest in the Pikka Unit, which would be the play’s first producing field if developed. Armstrong, the discovery and unit operator, holds the remaining interests in both.