Africa (Sub-Sahara)

  • Aminex Petroleum Egypt (APE), a subsidiary of UK-based Aminex, discovered oil at its South Malak-2 (SM2) well on the West Esh el Mellaha-2 concession in Egypt. Tests showed flow rates of approximately 430 B/D of 40 °API gravity crude oil. Based on the findings at SM2, a full field development program will be presented to the Egyptian authorities and the joint venture partners before commercial development. APE is the operator of the license with partner Groundstar Resources.

  • BP Egypt has discovered natural gas in the North Damietta Offshore concession in Egypt’s East Nile Delta. The Atoll-1 deepwater exploration well reached a depth of 6400 m and intersected approximately 50 m of gas pay in a high-quality Oligocene sandstone reservoir. This marks BP’s second discovery in the Nile Delta since its 2013 Salamat discovery, 15 km to the south. Atoll was drilled at a 923-m water depth, 80 km north of Damietta. BP is the operator and holds a 100% interest in the concession.

  • Foxtrot International discovered oil and gas at its Marlin North-1 well in Block CI-27, offshore Cote d’Ivoire. A 22-m perforated section of a gas-bearing column in a Turonian interval flowed at a stabilized rate of 25 MMcf/D of gas and 150 B/D of condensate through a 46/64-in. choke. In the Lower Senonian, an 11-m perforated section of the oil-bearing column flowed at a stabilized rate of 1,525 B/D of 27 °API gravity oil and 0.6 MMcf/D per day of associated gas through a 28/64-in. choke. Foxtrot (27.5%) is the operator with partners Petroci (45%) and SECI (27.5%).

  • Asia Pacific

  • Origin Energy Resources spudded the Yolla-5 development well in the Bass Strait, 140 km offshore Kilcunda, Victoria, Australia, using the West Telesto jackup rig. The well is part of the BassGas project, which is connected by a pipeline to a gas processing facility in Lang Lang, Victoria. Origin (42.5%) is the operator with partners AWE (35%), Toyota Tsusho Gas E&P Trefoil (11.25%), and Prize Petroleum International (11.25%).

  • Premier Oil and Gas has brought natural gas production on-stream at the Pelikan field in the Natuna Sea, offshore Indonesia. The Pelikan field and the neighboring Naga gas field will deliver additional reserves to the Singapore and domestic market under the company’s long-term gas contracts. Together the fields are projected to produce 200 billion Btu/D at full capacity. Premier (28.67%) is the operator of the field, with partners Kuwait Foreign National Petroleum Exploration Company(33.33%), Petronas (15%), PTT Exploration and Production (11.5%), and Pertamina (11.5%).

  • Santos made a wet gas discovery at its Kyanite-1 near-field exploration well in the Cooper Basin in Australia. Gas shows were encountered across the Patchawarra and Tirrawarra Sandstone and Merrimelia formation from 250 to 3,795 total gas units, with stacked reservoirs identified. Santos estimates that the well contains a gross 534.3 m of pay in the Patchawarra and a gross 59.1 m in the Tirrawarra/Merrimelia formation. Kyanite has been cased and suspended as a future producer. Santos (60%) is the operator with partner Drillsearch Energy (40%).

  • Canada

  • Husky Energy started heavy oil production at its Sunrise Energy project in northern Alberta, Canada. The project is using steam-assisted gravity drainage to reduce the viscosity of the oil; steam operations began at its first plant in December. Husky plans to start steam operations at its second plant in the summer and predicts that Sunrise will produce 60,000 BOPD at full capacity. Husky (50%) is the operator with partner BP (50%).

  • Latin America-Caribbean

  • Premier Oil spudded the 14/15-5 Zebedee exploration well in PL 004b offshore the Falkland Islands. The well will test seven stacked fan bodies with chances of discovering hydrocarbons estimated to range from 10% to 50%. Premier (36%) is the operator with partners Falkland Oil and Gas (40%), and Rockhopper Exploration (24%).

  • Middle East-North Africa

  • Gulf Keystone resumed production and truck-loading operations at the Shaikan field in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq after receiving a USD 26 million payment (gross) for future crude oil sales. The field’s production will be increased to 40,000 BOPD. Gulf Keystone (75%) is the operator with partners Kalegran (20%) and Texas Keystone (5%).

  • Northern Europe

  • BP has started production from the Skarv oil and gas field, in the Norwegian North Sea. The Skarv development includes an advanced floating production, storage, and offloading vessel purpose-built for harsh waters; five subsea drilling templates; and an 80-km gas export pipeline connected to the Norwegian (Gassled) transportation system, allowing export to markets in Europe. BP (23.85%) is the operator, with partners Statoil (36.17%), E.ON (28.08%), and PGNiG (11.92%).

  • Lundin Petroleum spudded the 33/2‑2S exploration well to assess the potential of the Morkel prospect in PL 579, which is located 180 km west of Florø on the Norwegian west coast. The main goal of the well is to test the hydrocarbon potential and reservoir properties of Jurassic-aged intervals. The well’s planned total depth is 3500 m below mean sea level, and drilling is being conducted using the semisubmersible drilling rig, Bredford Dolphin. Lundin (50%) is the operator with partners Bayerngas Norge (30%) and Fortis Petroleum (20%).

  • Total E&P Norge started drilling an exploration well at the Shango prospect in the Norwegian North Sea. The field prospect lies approximately 5 km from the producing Skirne field, also operated by Total. Shango is a structural prospect with the Middle Jurassic Hugin formation reservoir as its primary target, which has proved to be of commercial quality in the neighboring Skirne field. The well sits at a water depth of 120 m. Total’s (40%) joint venture partners are Faroe Petroleum (20%), Centrica Resources Norge (20%), and Det Norske Oljeselskap (20%).