Asia Pacific

  • Santos discovered gas with the Corvus-2 well in the Carnarvon Basin, offshore Western Australia. The well, located in permit WA-45-R, in which Santos has a 100% interest, reached a total depth of 3998 m. It intersected a gross interval of 638 m, one of the largest columns discovered across the North West Shelf. Wireline logging to date has confirmed 245 m of net hydrocarbon pay across the target reservoirs.

  • Total SA and partners ExxonMobil and Oil Search have signed a gas agreement with the government of Papua New Guinea that defines the fiscal framework for the Papua LNG project in the country’s Eastern Highlands. The plan involves construction of three 2.7-mtpa LNG trains on the existing PNG-LNG plant site at Caution Bay just west of Port Moresby. Total has 31.1% interest, ExxonMobil has 28.3% interest, and Oil Search has 17.7%. Papua New Guinea has backed the project for 22.5%.

  • Latin America-Caribbean

  • Petrobras has proven the fifth extension of a gas and oil discovery in the deepwater Moita Bonita area of the Sergipe-Alagoas basin offshore Brazil. Well 3-SES-192 was drilled in the BM-SEAL-4 concession in 2629 m of water, 80 km from the city of Aracaju. It confirmed the extension of the gas accumulation discovered, with a total thickness of 39 m, in a reservoir located at a depth of 5227 m. The well also showed an oil discovery in a deeper reservoir with a total thickness of 24 m. Petrobras is the consortium operator (75%), in partnership with ONGC (25%), and will continue the operational activities to evaluate the well, including conducting a formation test.

  • BHP discovered hydrocarbons with its Bélé-1 well, the first of three planned deepwater wells offshore Trinidad and Tobago. Following the positive results, BHP and partner Pemex have committed to an additional appraisal well (3DEL), which will likely be drilled later this year on the Trion block to assist delineation and characterization of the resource.

  • ExxonMobil and its partners announced their thirteenth discovery on the Stabroek block offshore Guyana. Yellowtail-1 encountered approximately 292 ft of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoir and was drilled to a depth of 18,445 ft in 6,046 ft of water. The well is approximately 6 miles northwest of the Tilapia discovery, and adds to the estimated recoverable resource of 5.5 billion BOE on the Stabroek block. Yellowtail-1 is the fifth discovery in the Turbot area, which ExxonMobil expects to become a major development hub. ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana is operator and holds 45% interest. Hess Guyana Exploration holds 30% interest and CNOOC Petroleum Guyana, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC, holds 25%.

  • Mexico

  • Hydrocarbon flow from Talos Energy’s Zama-2 ST1 appraisal well achieved a combined rate of 7,900 BOE/D without stimulation in two separate flow tests. Flow was 94% oil-weighted and 6% natural gas. Located at the Zama shallow-water discovery in Mexico’s Sureste Basin, Zama-2 ST1 is a sidetrack from the Zama-2 appraisal well. It is the second of three appraisal penetrations to be drilled at Zama by Talos and joint venture partners Premier Oil and Sierra Oil & Gas.

  • Middle East-North Africa

  • Predator Oil & Gas announced recoverable prospective resources of 474 Bcf for the Moulouya and Tagi prospects in its Guercif permit in northeastern Morocco, targeting the Miocene and Triassic. Predator said the net value of the Miocene and Triassic gases are $642 million and $207.7 million, respectively. The company owns a 75% stake in the exploration area. The Moroccan National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mining owns 25%.

  • Energean discovered gas with the Karish North exploration well in the deepwater Israeli sector of the Mediterranean Sea. Preliminary analysis indicates initial gas-in-place estimates of between 1 Tcf and 1.5 Tcf of gas and high-quality reservoir in the B and C sands. The well reached an intermediate total depth of 4880 m and encountered a gross hydrocarbon column of up to 249 m.

  • Lukoil’s fifth well in Eridu oil field flowed more than 9,000 B/D of oil from Middle Cretaceous Mishrif pay on Block 10 in southern Iraq. The 5800-km2 block is 150 km west of Basra. Lukoil operates Block 10 with a 60% interest. Inpex holds a 40% stake.

  • Gazprom Neft Middle East commissioned a third production well in the Sarqala field in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Potential production from Sarqala-3 is estimated at 12,000 BOPD. Cumulative production from the field has reached 35,000 B/D.

  • Northern Europe

  • Lundin Norway will proceed with an extended well test (EWT) on the Rolvsnes weathered and fractured basement discovery on the Utsira High. The EWT will be conducted through a 1.8-mile subsea tieback of the existing Rolvsnes horizontal well to the Edvard Grieg platform, with first oil scheduled in the second quarter 2021. The sanction of an EWT on fractured and weathered basement is a first for the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

  • Decipher Production has delivered first oil from the Orlando field subsea tieback to the Ninian Central platform in the UK northern North Sea. Production will flow through the Ninian Pipeline System to the Sullom Voe Terminal on Shetland for processing and offtake.

  • South, Central and East Europe

  • Energean started production at a stabilized, restricted rate of 1,000 B/D of oil from an extended-reach development well in Epsilon field in the Aegean Sea offshore Greece.

  • USA

  • Shell Offshore announced a significant discovery at the Blacktip prospect in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico. Drilling at the initial well is still under way and has to date encountered more than 400 ft of net oil pay with good reservoir and fluid characteristics. The well is currently being deepened to further assess the structure’s potential. Blacktip is a Wilcox discovery in the Perdido thrust belt and was discovered in the Alaminos Canyon Block 380, approximately 30 miles from the Perdido platform and Whale discovery. Blacktip is operated by Shell (52.375%) and co-owned by Chevron USA (20%), Equinor Gulf of Mexico (19.125%), and Repsol E&P USA (8.5%).