Asia Pacific

  • Strike Energy and Warrego Energy discovered gas in the multireservoir West Erregulla-2 appraisal well in the onshore North Perth basin of Western Australia. Strike, as operator, said the well encountered a gross gas column at least 97 m thick in the Kingia formation. Strike and Warrego are 50–50 joint venture partners.

  • Latin America-Caribbean

  • Gran Tierra Energy produced oil from new pay in the Acordionero field in Colombia. The Acordionero-48 well produced at an average rate of 509 B/D from Paleocene-Eocene Lisama E, located just below the main Lisama A and C reservoirs, during 115 producing hours. Gran Tierra holds 100% working interest in the field.

  • Tullow Guyana encountered 55 m of net oil pay on its Jethro-1 well, drilled to 4400 m TD in 1350 m of water in the Orinduik block offshore Guyana, and says the prospect could hold more than 100 million bbl of recoverable oil. This is the first discovery by an operator other than ExxonMobil in the deep waters of the Guyana basin. The well targeted Lower Tertiary formations and encountered a high-quality reservoir in channel sands. Tullow Guyana operates the Orinduik block with a 60% stake. Total E&P Guyana holds 25%, with the remaining 15% held by Eco (Atlantic) Guyana.

  • Middle East-North Africa

  • Eni started oil production from the South West Meleiha development lease in Egypt’s Western Desert from two near-field wells on the Basma and Shemy prospects. Initial production was approximately 5,000 B/D. Eni holds 50% interest in South West Meleiha through IEOC. EGPC holds the remainder.

  • A CNPC-led consortium discovered 300 million bbl of recoverable oil in an exploration well drilled to TD of 1320 m near the Adar oilfield in South Sudan’s northeastern Upper Nile state. Operator is Dar Petroleum Operating Company, which includes CNPC, Petronas, Nilepet, Sinopec, and Tri-Ocean Energy.

  • Northern Europe

  • Equinor and partners Lundin and Spirit Energy discovered oil in the Lille Prinsen Outer Wedge structure on the Utsira High in the Norwegian North Sea. The well was drilled on license 167, 1 km west of the Lille Prinsen Main oil find and 5 km northeast of the Ivar Aasen field. Equinor estimates volumes in the main reservoir in the 5- to 25-million bbl range, but it is not yet clear whether the accumulation is commercial.

  • Aker BP made a small gas find at a wildcat and appraisal well in production license 869, approximately 6 km southwest of the Bøyla field and about 230 km west of Stavanger, in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The well was drilled to a vertical depth of 2272 m and encountered a gas column of approximately 3 m in the Hordaland group. It also cut several sandstone layers totaling 17 m in the Balder formation. Aker BP is operator with a 60% interest in the license. Lundin Norway and Point Resources hold 20% each.

  • Equinor produced first oil from the Mariner field in the East Shetland basin in the UK North Sea, and estimates the field to generate more than 300 million bbl over the next 30 years, with up to 70,000 B/D at peak. Equinor estimates in-place oil of up to 3 billion bbl in the Mariner reservoirs, 50% higher than the original assumption. Predicted recovery rate has risen by 20%. Equinor is the operator of Mariner with 65.11% equity. Other partners are JX Nippon (20%), Siccar Point (8.89%), and ONE-Dyas (6%).

  • Lundin Norway discovered oil at exploration well 16/5-8s, targeting the Goddo prospect south of the Edvard Grieg field in the Norwegian North Sea. The well encountered weathered and fractured basement in an estimated gross oil column of 20 m. Preliminary gross resources are estimated at 1–10 MM BOE. Lundin Norway is the operator of PL815, where Goddo is located, with a 60% working interest. Partners are Concedo (20%) and Petoro (20%).

  • Equinor and partners OMV and Petoro discovered oil in the Sputnik prospect in the Barents Sea. The well, which encountered a 15-m oil column in a Triassic sandstone reservoir, was drilled to a vertical depth of 1569 m. Fluid samples contain light oil and water.

  • South Asia-Indian Subcontinent

  • EEPL and Eni Vietnam discovered natural gas and condensate at the Ken Bau 1X exploration well offshore Vietnam. The well, drilled to TD of 3606 m, encountered several intervals of gas and condensate sandstone interbedded with Miocene-age shale, with estimated net reservoir thickness exceeding 100 m. Eni and EEPL are 50–50 partners.

  • Pakistan Oilfields Limited (POL) and MOL discovered 1,844 B/D of oil and 18.25 MMcf/D of gas in the MOL-operated TAL Block in the Kohat Plateau of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. POL owns 25% of the discovery and MOL 75%.

  • Oil & Gas Development Co. Ltd. (OGDCL) discovered oil and gas in the Sagnhar district of Sindh Province, Pakistan. Its Pandhi 01 exploratory well flowed on test at equipment-limited rates of 9.12 MMscf/D of gas and 520 B/D of oil. The well was drilled to 3600 m on the Bitrism block. OGDCL is operator with a 95% interest. Government Holdings Ltd. has a 5% interest.

  • USA

  • Talos Energy struck oil at the Bulleit prospect in Green Canyon block 21 in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico. A well encountered approximately 43 m of net TVD oil pay in the DTR-10 Sand, and approximately 34 m of net TVD oil pay in the deeper MP Sand. The well will be completed in the first half of 2020 and then tied back to the Talos owned and operated Green Canyon 18 fixed platform located about 10 mi west of Bulleit. The Bulleit prospect is 50% owned and operated by Talos, with EnVen and Otto Energy owning 33.3% and 16.7%, respectively.