Africa (Sub-Sahara)

  • Eni discovered up to 250 million bbl of light oil in the Ndungu exploration prospect in Block 15/06 offshore Angola. A well in 1076 m of water reached TD of 4050 m and proved a single oil column of approximately 65 m with 45 m of net pay of 35 °API oil. Well results indicate production capacity in excess of 10,000 B/D. Eni operates Block 15/06 with 36.8421% interest. Joint venture partners are Sonangol P&P (36.8421%) and SSI Fifteen (26.3158%).

  • Eni discovered gas and condensate on the Akoma prospect in CTP-Block 4 offshore Ghana. The Akoma-1X exploration well was drilled in 350 m of water approximately 50 km offshore and 12 km northwest of the FPSO John Agyekum Kufuor. Eni estimated volume between 550 and 650 Bcf of gas and 18–20 million bbl of condensate. The well proved a single gas and condensate column in a 20-m sandstone reservoir interval of Cenomanian age. Eni operates CTP-Block 4 with 42.469% interest. Vitol Upstream Tano holds 33.975%, GNPC 10%, Woodfields Upstream 9.556%, and Explorco 4%.

  • Asia Pacific

  • Jadestone Energy is producing the Stag 49H infill well offshore Western Australia at a rate of 1,400 B/D, confirming the company’s confidence in delivering 1.2 million bbl of incremental oil reserves. First oil was achieved on 21 May. The Stag field is 100% owned by Jadestone.

  • Murphy Oil discovered oil at the LDT-1X exploration well on Block 15-1/05 in the Cuu Long basin offshore Vietnam. The well, drilled to TD of 14,090 ft, encountered approximately 320 ft of net oil pay in the primary objective and an additional 62 ft in a secondary objective. The discovery will be incorporated into the development of the adjacent Murphy-operated LDV field. Murphy subsidiary Murphy Cuu Long Bac Oil is the operator of block 15-1/05 with 40% working interest. Partners in the block include PetroVietnam Exploration and Production (35%) and SK Innovation (25%).

  • Latin America-Caribbean

  • PetroTal received approval to proceed with the full development of the Bretana oil field on Block 95 in Peru. The field started producing oil in June 2018, and PetroTal enhanced production from the first well to 2,000 B/D late last year following the installation of well pump and water treatment and reinjection facilities. Five wells define the structure and continuity of the reservoir. PetroTal targets Bretana field’s full development plateau to reach more than 10,000 B/D from 11 producing wells in 2020. The company’s contract with PetroPeru, operator of the North Peruvian Pipeline, will ensure oil deliveries to the Pacific coast.

  • Mexico

  • Murphy Oil discovered hydrocarbons with its first exploration test on Block 5 in the Salinas Basin offshore Mexico. The Cholula-1EXP exploration well reached TD of more than 8,800 ft in approximately 2,300 ft of water. The well encountered approximately 185 ft of net pay in the upper Miocene target objectives. Murphy subsidiary Murphy Sur, S. de R.L. de C.V. operates Block 5 with 30% working interest. Partners are wholly owned subsidiaries of Petronas (23.34%), Ophir Energy (23.33%), and Sierra Oil and Gas (23.33%).

  • Middle East-North Africa

  • Algeria made a gas discovery in the southwest province of Tindouf, according to Energy Minister Mohamed Arkab. He said the discovery, which could produce approximately 275 m3 of gas, could help the country boost exports and maintain its market share abroad.

  • ADNOC has contracted McDermott International to provide front-end engineering design (FEED) services for phase one of the Umm Shaif gas cap condensate development offshore Abu Dhabi. The scope of work includes preparation and submission of an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation proposal building on the design of the offshore facilities developed in the FEED.

  • Northern Europe

  • Siccar Point Energy proved oil and gas in the deepwater Blackrock prospect west of Shetland with a well drilled in 1115 m of water in license P1830, 10 km north of the Cambo field. The main target was intra‑volcanic Paleocene Flett reservoirs of the Colsay member, on trend with equivalent oil-filled sandstones in the Rosebank field. The well intersected 34 m of intra-volcanic siliciclastic sediments containing thin, oil-bearing sandstones. Partner in the development is Suncor Energy UK.

  • Hurricane Energy began flowing oil into the FPSO Aoka Mizu from its Lancaster field in 160 m of water west of Scotland’s Shetland Islands. The oil is flowing through two production wells from fractured basement reservoirs.

  • Russia-Caspian-Central Asia

  • Gazprom said it discovered more than 500 billion m3 of natural gas in two fields offshore the Yamal Peninsula in the Russian Arctic. It said authorities have approved its estimate of explored and estimated (C1+C2) reserves for Dinkov field on the Rusanovsky block of 390.7 billion m3. Its estimate of C1+C2 reserves for Nyarmeyskoye field on the Nyarmeysky block is 120.8 billion m3.

  • South, Central and East Europe

  • Shell Upstream Albania confirmed the potential for more oil resource onshore Albania, where light oil was discovered in 2013. The company confirmed the flow potential of a significant light oil discovery at several thousand barrels per day at the Shpirag-4 appraisal well drilled near Berat.

  • USA

  • Shell started production from its Appomattox deepwater platform in the US Gulf of Mexico, approximately 80 miles off Louisiana, ahead of schedule and under budget. The field, in 7,200 ft of water, is the first commercial discovery brought into production in the Norphlet formation. Average peak production is estimated to reach 175,000 BOE/D. Shell is the operator, holding 79% of the project. CNOOC holds 21%.

  • Shell Offshore discovered oil at the Blacktip prospect, in 6,200 ft of water in the US Gulf of Mexico. Located in Alaminos Canyon block 380, Blacktip is a Wilcox discovery in the Perdido thrust belt, about 30 miles from the Perdido platform. The exploration well encountered more than 400 ft of net oil pay. It is currently being deepened to further assess the structure’s potential. 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%).