Africa (Sub-Sahara)

  • Eni successfully completed a new production well in the Vandumbu field, 350 km northwest of Luanda and 130 km west of Soyo, in the West Hub of Block 15/06 offshore Angola. The VAN-102 well is being produced through the N’Goma FPSO and achieved initial production of 13,000 BOED. Production from this well and another well in the Mpungi field will bring Block 15/06 output to 170,000 BOED.

  • Anglo African Oil & Gas encountered oil at the TLP-103C well at its Tilapia license offshore the Republic of Congo. The well intersected the targeted Djeno horizon, and wireline logging confirmed the presence of a 12-m oil column in the Djeno.

  • Total started production from the ultra-deepwater Egina field in approximately 1600 m of water 150 km off the coast of Nigeria. At plateau, the field will produce 200,000 B/D. Total operates the field with 24% interest, in partnership with NNPC, CNOOC, SAPETRO, and Petrobras.

  • Asia Pacific

  • CNOOC started production from the Huizhou 32-5 oilfield comprehensive adjustment/Huizhou 33-1 oilfield joint development project in 115 m of water in the South China Sea. One well is currently producing. Peak production of 19,200 B/D is expected in 2020. CNOOC holds 100% interest.

  • Canada

  • Whitebark Energy discovered oil with an initial flow of 305 B/D at the Wizard Lake Rex well in the Point Loma Joint Venture in Alberta, Canada. Associated gas increased the flow rate to 340 BOE/D. This was the first horizontal well to be drilled in what could be a multiwell program. Whitebark has a 30% interest in the well.

  • Latin America-Caribbean

  • OVL is testing an oil discovery with its Indico-1 well, located 6.5 km from its Mariposa discovery on the CPO-5 block in Colombia. The well was drilled to target depth of 10,604 ft and flowed 4,000 B/D of 35.9 °API oil from the lower sands of the Une formation. OVL is operator with a 70% stake and PDSA holds the remaining 30%.

  • Petrobras started production from the Lula Norte area of its Lula field in the BM-S‑11 block in the Santos Basin. Oil is flowing through the P-67 FPSO, the ninth production unit installed in the block, with processing capacity of up to 150,000 B/D of oil and 6 million cm/D of gas. Petrobras said the Lula field is now the largest producer in Brazil and should eventually deliver 1 million B/D this year. Partners in the BM-S‑11 concession are Shell and Petrogal.

  • Mexico

  • BHP discovered oil in the first deepwater well drilled in the Mexican sector of the Gulf of Mexico by a non-Mexican operator. The Trion-2DEL well was spudded in November 2018 in block AE-0093. A sidetrack was spudded in January to further appraise the field and locate the oil/water contact.

  • Middle East-North Africa

  • Pico and partner SDX Energy discovered oil in the SRM-3 appraisal well in Egypt’s South Ramadan concession in the Gulf of Suez. The well encountered 105 ft of pay from three intervals. Pico is the operator and SDX has a 12.75% interest in South Ramadan.

  • ADNOC awarded Occidental Petroleum Onshore Block 3, the first onshore block to be awarded under ADNOC’s new licensing strategy. Oxy will receive a 35-year concession and hold a 100% stake in the exploration phase, in which it will invest $244 million. Existing 3D seismic data already covers a large part of the block. This, combined with its proximity to the Shah, Asab, Haliba, and Sahl fields, suggests promising potential for the concession. Once commercial feasibility has been established, Occidental will have the opportunity to develop and produce any discovery, with ADNOC holding a 60% share of production.

  • Northern Europe

  • Equinor, with partners ExxonMobil, Total, and Petoro, discovered natural gas and condensate from the Ragnfrid North (6406/2-9 S) exploration well in the Norwegian Sea, 20 km south of the Kristin platform. Recoverable reserves are estimated at 6–25 million BOE. The prospect will be evaluated for development and tie-in to the Kristin field.

  • CNOOC discovered natural gas and condensate in an exploration well in the Glengorm prospect in the UK Central North Sea. Drilled to 5056 m TD in 86 m of water, the well encountered net gas and condensate with a total net thickness of 37 m in a high-quality Upper Jurassic reservoir. Recoverable resources are estimated at 250 million BOE. CNOOC is operator with 50% interest, and partners are Total and Euroil.

  • Vår Energi encountered two levels of hydrocarbon-bearing sandstones in its latest exploration well in the Barents Sea Goliat field. The well was drilled to investigate an untested fault compartment extending west from the field, targeting the Lower Jurassic and Upper Triassic reservoir sandstones of the Tubåen and Fruholmen formation. The Tubåen reservoir, which is roughly 10 m (33 ft), contains gas and oil with good-quality reservoir properties, with a likely total hydrocarbon column in the range of 18–60 m (59–197 ft).

  • Russia-Caspian-Central Asia

  • Block Energy began sidetracking the 16a wellbore in the West Rustavi field in Georgia. The well is part of an initial two-well horizontal sidetrack program targeting combined gross production of 650 B/D from the Middle Eocene formation by mid-2019. The sidetrack follows a successful well test in December 2018. Block holds a 25% interest with an option to control 75%.

  • USA

  • BP discovered oil at the Manuel prospect in the Gulf of Mexico. The discovery well, located on Mississippi Canyon block 520, east of the BP-operated Na Kika platform, encountered oil pay in high-quality Miocene sandstone reservoirs. BP plans to develop the reservoir via subsea tieback to Na Kika. Partner Shell holds a 50% working interest.

  • LLOG discovered oil at its deepwater Gulf of Mexico Nearly Headless Nick prospect in Mississippi Canyon block 387, approximately 150 miles southeast of New Orleans. The well, drilled in 6,500 ft of water, encountered oil in high-quality Miocene sandstone reservoirs and is expected to be tied back to the nearby Delta House facility. LLOG is operator and BP holds a 20.25% working interest. Other partners include Centaurus, Kosmos, and Ridgewood.