Africa (Sub-Sahara)

  • BP and Kosmos Energy discovered 30 m of net gas pay in good-quality Albian reservoir in the Greater Tortue development area, offshore Senegal. The Greater Tortue Ahmeyim-1 was drilled to a TD of 4884 m in 2500 m of water on the eastern anticline within the unit development area. Other partners are SMPHM and Petrosen.

  • Invictus Energy said results of independent estimates strongly support the possible existence of 1.3 billion BOE at its Cahorra Bassa Basin project in the Muzarabani prospective area of Zimbabwe. Estimates are for total prospective resource of 9.25 Tcf of gas plus 294 million bbl of conventional gas and condensate.

  • Eni confirmed 650 million bbl of oil in place with its Agogo-2 appraisal well in Block  5/06, offshore Angola. The well was drilled to total depth of 3949 m in 1700 m of water, where it encountered 58 m of 31 °API oil. The result confirms the extension of the Agogo reservoir to the north of the discovery well and below the salt diapirs. The block JV is composed of Eni, asset operator with 36.8% stake, Sonangol P&P with 36.8%, and SSI Fifteen Limited with 26.32%.

  • Asia Pacific

  • Hibiscus Petroleum drilled and completed the first of three wells for the St Joseph infill drilling project in the North Sabah enhanced oil recovery production-sharing contract offshore Malaysia. The SJ-105A horizontal well had a 2,400-ft horizontal section that encountered 1,000 ft of oil in the targeted reservoirs. Production stabilized at just over 1,000 B/D of oil.

  • Latin America-Caribbean

  • Canacol Energy discovered gas flowing at a rate of 30.4 MMscf/D at the Ocarina 1 exploratory well in the Lower Magdalena Valley Basin of Colombia, in the Ciénaga de Oro (CDO) sandstone reservoir. The well will be connected to the Jobo production facilities through the flow lines of the Pandereta field. Canacol Energy operates the well with 100% working interest.

  • Ecopetrol discovered 2,397 bbl of 23 °API crude at a well depth of 13,932 ft at its Boranda-2 ST well in the Middle Magdalena Basin, Rionegro, Colombia. Initial tests produced on average 960 B/D with a water cut of less than 2%. Ecopetrol owns a 50% stake in the block. The other 50% is owned by Parex, who is the operator.

  • Middle East-North Africa

  • SDX Energy discovered oil at its Rabul‑7 development well in the West Gharib concession in Egypt. The well was drilled to TD of 5,323 ft and encountered approximately 134 ft of net heavy oil pay across the Yusr and Bakr formations. Five‑day stabilized rate was approximately 415 B/D. SDX is joint operator with holds 50% working interest. Dublin International Petroleum holds the remaining 50% interest.

  • The Haliba oil field in Abu Dhabi started production, with plans to boost output to 40,000 B/D by the end of 2019, according to ADNOC and Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC). The onshore field is 60% owned by ADNOC, 30% by KNOC, and 10% by South Korea’s GS Energy. Their joint venture, Al Dhafra Petroleum, started an extensive appraisal program in Haliba that enabled it to discover 1.1 billion bbl of original oil in place.

  • SDX Energy encountered 134 ft of net heavy oil pay across the Lower Miocene Yusr and Bakr formations at the Rabul‑7 development well in the West Gharib concession in Egypt. The well was drilled to 5,323 ft TD and brought online at an average stabilized rate of 415 B/D over 5 days. SDX and Dublin International Petroleum serve as joint operators and share equal working interest in the operation.

  • Northern Europe

  • Equinor discovered oil at Oseberg Vestflanken in the North Sea, with recoverable resources estimated at 22 million bbl. The exploration extension well proved a 112-m oil column in a segment that had not been tested before. The well will be put on stream via the new, unmanned, remotely operated H platform on the Oseberg field.

  • Aker BP and LOTOS discovered between 80 and 200 million BOE in the Liatårnet exploration well in license 442 in the North of Alvheim and Krafla-Askja (NOAKA) area of the Norwegian North Sea. Up to 700 million BOE are in place overall at the discovery, which is claimed as Norway’s largest this year. Aker BP is operator with 90.26%. Lotos Exploration & Production Norge holds 9.74%.

  • Production began from Equinor’s Trestakk subsea field on Haltenbanken in the Norwegian Sea on 16 July. The field has estimated recoverable oil resources of 76 million bbl. A total of five wells will be drilled: three for production, and two for gas injection. Trestakk is tied back to the Åsgard A floating production vessel. Equinor operates Trestakk with 59.1% interest. ExxonMobil has 33% and Vår Energi, 7.9%.

  • Russia-Caspian-Central Asia

  • Lukoil commissioned the eighth and ninth production wells at the V. Filanovsky field Phase 2 development in the Russian sector of the Caspian Sea, each with daily flow rates of 1,000 metric tons.

  • The Arcticgas joint venture U2802 well in Urengoyskoye gas field in the northern Tyumen region of Russia flowed more than 1 million m3/D of natural gas and 500 metric tons per day of condensate through an 8-stage, hydraulically fractured, horizontal well. Arcticgas is a joint venture of Novatek and Gazprom-Neft.

  • Novatek began commercial production from its 1-billion m3/year South-Khadyryakhinskoye natural gas field in the Purovsky district of Russia’s Yamal-Nenets autonomous region. The field is in the South-Khadyryakhinskiy license area near Novatek’s North-Khancheyskoye field.

  • USA

  • LLOG Exploration brought two Buckskin oil wells on stream in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. Once fully established, the project’s first phase is expected to reach 30,000 B/D (gross) of oil. Additional phases will fully develop the field, which is estimated to contain nearly 5 billion bbl of oil in place. LLOG operates the field with 33.8% working interest. Other partners are Repsol E&P USA (22.5%), Beacon Offshore Energy Buckskin (18.7%), Navitas Buckskin US (7.5%), and Ridgewood Energy 1 (17.5%).