Africa (Sub-Sahara)

  • SOCO International has commenced drilling the Lidongo X Marine-101 exploration well in Marine XI Block—at a 45-m water depth—23 km off the coast of Pointe Noire, Republic of Congo. The well will be drilled to 3100 m total vertical depth subsea by the jack-up drilling rig Noble Percy Johns and will terminate in the lower part of the Djeno Sandstone formation. The well will test the extension of an adjacent field into Marine XI. SOCO (40.39%) is operator, with Raffia Oil (26.11%), SNPC (15%), AOGC (10%), and PetroVietnam (8.5%).

  • Asia Pacific

  • Roc Oil spudded its first exploration well in Block 09/05 of Bohai Bay, offshore China’s northeast coast. The well will be drilled to a depth of 4000 m and sits at a water depth of 5 to 15 m. Roc was awarded 100% interest in the block by China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) but has agreed to farm out 40% to AWE China for USD 2 million cash for past costs, 60% of the first exploration well costs, and 54% of the second exploration well costs.

  • Tag Oil spudded the Waitangi Valley-1 exploration well in PEP 38348, located in New Zealand’s East Coast basin. The well will be drilled to a total depth of approximately 3600 m and is targeting the Waipawa Black shale and the Whangai formation source rocks. Tag Oil holds 100% operated interest.

  • Apache discovered oil pay at its Phoenix South-1 well in the Canning basin, in 435 ft of water, off the coast of Western Australia. Wireline and formation pressure tools have confirmed at least four discrete oil columns ranging in thickness between 85 ft and 151 ft in the Triassic Lower Keraudren formation, within an overall sand-rich section. According to estimates, there could be as much as 300 million bbl of oil in place. Apache (40%) is the operator, with partners Carnarvon (20%), JX Nippon (20%), and Finder Exploration (20%).

  • Santos discovered gas condensate at its Lasseter-1 exploration well in block WA-274-P, located in the Browse basin, offshore Western Australia. The well reached a total depth of 5329 m and was drilled in 404 m of water. Lasseter-1 intersected a gross gas-condensate-bearing interval of 405 m. Wireline logging has confirmed 78 m of net pay over the Jurassic-aged Lower Vulcan and Plover intervals, between 4880 and 5285 m measured depth. Multiple independent hydrocarbon columns have been detected, including an estimated 250-m column for the Lower Vulcan reservoirs. Multiple hydrocarbon samples have been recovered; initial analysis confirms a condensate-to-gas ratio in the range of 10 to 25 bbl/MMcf. Santos (30%) is the operator, with Chevron (50%) and Inpex (20%).

  • AWE’s Western Australia Drover-1 well reached a target measured depth of 2356 m. The well is 18 km southeast of Green Head and 220 km north of Perth and was drilled to test the unconventional gas potential in the southern area of AWE’s Perth basin acreage. Drover-1 encountered a 787-m section of Kockatea shale, a 257-m section of Carynginia shale, a 289-m section of Irwin River coal, and a 14.5-m section of High Cliff sandstone. The well will now be suspended pending further results. AWE (81.5%) is operator, with partner Titan Energy (18.5%).

  • Canada

  • LGX Oil + Gas spudded well 15-25, the first of a planned two-well horizontal drilling program in Alberta, Canada, targeting the Big Valley formation, which is part of the Williston basin. LGX, with a 100% working interest in 15-25, expects it to go on stream in fourth-quarter 2014.

  • Latin America-Caribbean

  • Petrobras spudded the first of two wildcat wells in the Libra presalt field, 170 km off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Well 3-RJS-731 will be drilled to a total depth of 5850 m. The block covers approximately 1550 km2, whose average water depth is 2000 m. Petrobras (40%) is the operator, with partners Shell (20%), Total(20%), CNOOC (10%), and Chinese National Petroleum Corporation (10%).

  • YPF discovered oil and gas in the province of Santa Cruz, Patagonia, in Argentina. The well was drilled to a depth of 2770 m and production is estimated to be 200 Mcf/D of gas and 370 B/D of oil. YPF is the operator with 100% interest.

  • Middle East-North Africa

  • Oil Search, operator of the Taza 2 well in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, has decided—after talks with the Kurdistan Ministry for Natural Resources—to temporarily suspend the well due to supply chain interruptions. Taza 2 is located 10 km northwest of Taza 1 and is designed to appraise hydrocarbon-bearing intervals discovered by Taza 1, as well as explore deeper Tertiary and Cretaceous targets, including the Shiranish formation. Other operations in the Taza area are so far continuing, including Taza 3 well activities and 3D seismic acquisition. The Taza production sharing contract is operated by Oil Search (60%), with partners Total E&P Kurdistan Reqion of Iraq (20%) and Kurdistan Regional Government (20%).

  • Pakistan Petroleum (PPL) discovered gas and condensate at the Sharf X-1 exploration well in the Gambat South Block, located in the Sanghar district of the Sindh province, Pakistan. The well was drilled to a total depth of 3730 m and produced 42 MMcf/D of gas and 199 B/D of condensate through a 64/64-in. choke. PPL (65%) is the operator, with partners Government Holdings Private (25%) and Asia Resources Oil (10%).

  • Northern Europe

  • Statoil discovered gas at the Mercury prospect in Barents Sea license PL614. The well was drilled to 1060 m total vertical depth subsea, at a water depth of 414 m, and encountered 10 m of gas-filled reservoir rocks in the Stø formation, in the Realgrunn subgroup. About 50 m of net reservoir rocks were encountered in the Snadd formation. The size of the discovery is estimated between 1 and 2 Bcm of recoverable gas. Statoil (60%) is the operator, with partner Idemitsu Petroleum (40%).