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Africa (Sub-Sahara) Eni has begun production from the Vandumbu field and made a new oil discovery in the Afoxé exploration prospect in Block 15/06 offshore Angola. First oil from the Vandumbu field, through the N'Goma floating production, storage, and offloading vessel, was achieved in late November, 3 months ahead of schedule. Vandumbu is approximately 350 km northwest of Luanda and 130 km west of Soyo. This, along with the startup of a subsea multiphase boosting system in early December, boosts oil production from Block 15/06 by 20,000 B/D. The rampup of Vandumbu is expected to be completed in 1Q 2019. Block 15/06 is being developed by a joint venture formed by Eni (36.84%, operator), Sonangol (36.84%), and SSI Fifteen (26.32%). Asia Pacific Ophir Energy's Paus Biru-1 exploration well in the Sampang production-sharing contract (PSC) offshore Indonesia has resulted in a gas discovery.
A case study in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico in which pressure transient analysis, fractional flow, and production logging tools were integrated to identify correctly the cause of, and execute an effective remedy for, a well’s productivity deterioration. As part of an effort to evaluate existing riser systems, an operator launched an inspection and testing program to investigate risers retrieved following well abandonment after a service life of nearly 10 years in the Gulf of Mexico. The largest lease sale in the history of the area attracts $139 million in total bids, a $2 million increase over the previous lease sale held last August. Integrated surveillance is critical for understanding reservoir dynamics and improving field management.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) Anglo African Oil & Gas encountered oil at the TLP-103C well at its Tilapia license offshore the Republic of Congo. The well intersected the targeted Djeno horizon, and wireline logging confirmed the presence of a 12-m oil column in the Djeno. Eni successfully completed a new production well in the Vandumbu field, 350 km northwest of Luanda and 130 km west of Soyo, in the West Hub of Block 15/06 offshore Angola. The VAN-102 well is being produced through the N'Goma FPSO and achieved initial production of 13,000 BOED. Production from this well and another well in the Mpungi field will bring Block 15/06 output to 170,000 BOED. Total started production from the ultra-deepwater Egina field in approximately 1600 m of water 150 km off the coast of Nigeria. At plateau, the field will produce 200,000 B/D.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) Total reported a natural-gas-condensate discovery on Block 11B/12B in the Outeniqua basin, 175 km offshore southern South Africa. The Brulpadda well encountered 57 m of net gas condensate pay in Lower Cretaceous reservoirs. Following success at the main objective, the well was deepened to a final depth of 3633 m. Partners are Qatar Petroleum with 25%, Canadian Natural Resources with 20%, and Main Street, a South African consortium, with 10%. According to consultant Westwood Energy, the Brulpadda discovery is the first frontier basin opener since ExxonMobil's Stabroek block discovery offshore Guyana in 2015. Panoro Energy said a new review by Netherland, Sewell & Associates has upgraded recoverable oil resources from the Tortue field in the Dussafu exclusive exploitation area offshore Gabon. Following a successful development drilling campaign last year at Tortue, contingent resources from the western flank of the field have been recategorized as reserves, raising proven plus probable reserves to 35.1 million bbl.
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%.
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% 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.
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 complete paper describes piloting the collection and analysis of distributed temperature and acoustic sensing (DTS and DAS, respectively) data to characterize flow-control-device (FCD) performance and help improve understanding of steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) inflow distribution. In 2014, a research and development (R&D) project was initiated to increase the life expectancy of Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Miocene and Lower Tertiary water-injection (WI) wells, several of which had suffered a severe loss of injectivity within only a few years of completion.
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.
Instead of burning money, why not make electricity? This is the big pitch being made by a growing number of technology companies who see green every time they see a red-hot flare burning associated gas. Texas Railroad Commissioner releases state's first flaring report. The volume of flared gas in the US unconventional sector is now 12% of the country’s total gas production. A pair of new reports say that Permian Basin operators account for much of the growth.