Africa (Sub-Sahara)

  • Eni Congo discovered oil at its Minsala Marine 1 well offshore the Republic of the Congo in Marine XII Block 12 km from the operator’s recent Nené Marine discovery. Minsala intersected 420 m of gross pay and encountered light oil in a Lower Cretaceous presalt sequence. The well reached a total depth of 3700 m. Eni (65%) is operator, with state-owned partner SNPC 25%), and New Age (African Global Energy) Limited (10%).

  • SOCO EPC’s Lindongo X Marine 101 Well (LXM-101)—located offshore the Republic of Congo in Marine XI Block—encountered oil in a clastic sequence of the Djeno sands, with early log interpretation indicating approximately 50 m of gross pay. The well was drilled in 45 m of water and reached a total depth of 2665 m. SOCO (40.39%) is operator, with partners WNR (23%), SNPC(15%), Austrailian Oil and Gas Corporation (13.11%), and PetroVietnam (8.5%).

  • The Ekosowan-1 exploration well, drilled by Tullow Oil in Kenya’s South Lokichar basin (Block 10BB), encountered oil shows updip and 12 km southeast of the operator’s nearby Amosing-1 oil discovery. Ekosowan-1 intersected a gross 900-m section of near continuous oil pay throughout an interval of tight sands, extending the basin southward. The well was drilled by rig Sakson PR-5 to a total depth of 2029 m and will be plugged and abandoned. Tullow (50%) operates the block with partner Africa Oil Corporation (50%).

  • Asia Pacific

  • CalEnergy Resources spudded the Pryderi-1 well offshore Western Australia in the Browse basin (Block WA-424-P), approximately 10 km from the permit’s Gwydion oil discovery. The well lies in 75 m of water and is testing not only the Pryderi prospect but also the possibility of another play thought by IPB Petroleumto extend from WA-424-P to WA-485-P. CalEnergy (25%) is the operator with partner IPB Petroleum (75%).

  • Central Petroleum Limited completed coring the Gaudi-1 well in Australia’s Southern Georgina basin. The coring started at a depth of 2105 m—continuing through the Lower Arthur Creek (LAC) formation and Thorntonia limestone—reaching a total depth of 2430 m in basement. Natural gas shows were detected while coring through LAC. Central plans to conduct a comprehensive wireline logging program next and will case and suspend the well ahead of the wet season. A total of 66 core segments were placed in sealed canisters for desorption analysis, from which the gas content of the LAC can be determined. Central (90%) is operator with partner Total (10%).

  • Kebabangan Petroleum Operating Company has started flowing natural gas from the Kebabangan gas field, in the South China Sea, 130 km offshore eastern Malaysia. The field is expected to reach output of 500 MMcf/D by April 2015 and includes facilities that can handle as much as 825 MMcf/D of gas, 22,000 B/D of condensate, and 80,000 B/D of crude oil. The company is a joint venture operated by Petronas (40%) with partners ConocoPhillips (30%) and Shell (30%).

  • Latin America-Caribbean

  • Karoon Gas Australia spudded its Kanagroo-2 appraisal well in Block S‑M‑1165 of the Santos basin, offshore Brazil, 300 m updip from Kangaroo-1. The well is designed to test the size of the Kangaroo discovery’s oil column, and the presence and size of a possible gas cap. Karoon Gas (65%) is operator with partner Pacific Rubiales Energy (35%).

  • Petrobras’ 4-SPS-86B exploration well, drilled in the ultradeepwaters of Santos basin Block BM-S-8, has discovered a 471-m presalt column of 31 °API oil. The pay started at a depth of 5742 m, and consisted of carbonate reservoirs with excellent porosity and permeability. The well could not reach its planned total depth of 7000 m due to operational reasons and will be temporarily abandoned until future operations are planned. Petrobras (66%) is operator with partners Petrogal Brasil (14%), Barra Energia do Brasil Petróleo e Gás (10%), and Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção (10%).

  • Middle East-North Africa

  • Kuwait Energy discovered hydrocarbons at its ASA-1 st3 exploration well on the Abu Sennan license, offshore Egypt. Tests of the Abu Roash “E” and “C” formations produced flow rates of 1,605 BOPD and 2,164 BOPD, respectively. The well is Kuwait Energy’s seventh discovery in the license. Kuwait Energy (50%) is operator with partners Dover Investments Ltd. (28%) and Beach Energy (22%).

  • Northern Europe

  • Lundin Norway’s 7220/11-1 well, drilled in the Barents Sea PL609, 190 km northwest of Hammerfest, Norway, intersected a gross 45-m oil column with an overlying 1-m gas column in carbonate rocks in the Gipsdalen group. The well lies in 388 m of water and was drilled 2221 m below sea level. Two successful formation tests indicate good flow properties. Lundin (40%) is the operator with partners RWE Dea Norge (30%) and Idemitsu Petroleum Norge (30%).

  • USA

  • Hess brought natural gas and oil production from its Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi Canyon Block 725 Tubular Bells field on line. The company expects output to reach approximately 50,000 BOEPD in the near term and eventually go as high 80,000 BOEPD. Hess (57.14%) is operator with partner Chevron USA(42.86%).

  • Repsol USA discovered hydrocarbons at the Leon exploration well, located in US Gulf of Mexico’s Keathley Canyon Block 642, 219 miles offshore Louisiana. Leon was drilled in 6,120 ft of water to a total depth of 31,774 ft. Repsol indicated that the results of the well are being evaluated and that additional analysis is required to determine the size of the deposit. Repsol (60%) is operator with partner Ecopetrol America (40%).