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Africa (Sub-Sahara) Oranto Petroleum has signed two production-sharing agreements (PSAs) with Uganda for oil and gas exploration around Lake Albert, the Nigerian company said. The deal covers the Ngassa Shallow and Ngassa Deep plays in blocks near the southern part of Lake Albert, according to the Uganda Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. The pacts closely followed the signing of a PSA by Australia's Armour Energy that covers the Kanywataba block, a 133-square-mile area that was relinquished by three international companies in 2012 after failed exploration attempts. The agreements with Oranto and Armour involve acreage that was offered in Uganda's first competitive exploration licensing round last year. Uganda discovered oil in 2006 in the Albertine rift basin along the Democratic Republic of Congo border.
Genel Energy said that one of its wells drilled to appraise the northern end of the Taq Taq oil field in the Kurdistan region of Iraq encountered oil-bearing reservoirs. The main objective of the well, which had been drilled since February, was to reduce uncertainty about the free water level in the field's north flank. Further development of the Cretaceous reservoir had been deferred pending the test program results. The company said the well, which was drilled to a measured depth of 10,171 ft, encountered good quality Cretaceous Shiranish and Kometan reservoirs but that it was too early to estimate the impact of the results on reserves, production, or future investment. The field now produces a gross 15,100 B/D of oil.
OMV has discovered natural gas and condensate at well 6506/11-10 in License PL 644B offshore Norway. The company-operated well targeted the Cretaceous Hades prospect and the Jurassic Iris prospect directly beneath it. The preliminary results showed a discovery of 20 million to 115 million recoverable BOE for Hades and 20 million to 130 million recoverable BOE for Iris with "very good" reservoir properties, OMV said. The project venturers are reviewing the discovery data to decide upon potential appraisal drilling. OMV has a 30% working interest in License PL 644/644B, with other interests held by Statoil (30%), Faroe Petroleum (20%), and Spirit Energy (20%).
Africa (Sub-Sahara) Eni announced an oil discovery in Block 15/06 offshore Angola in the Kalimba exploration prospect that is estimated to contain between 230 and 300 million bbl of light oil in place. The Kalimba-1 NFW well, which led to the discovery, is located approximately 150 km off the coast. The well was drilled in a depth of 458 m and reached a total depth of 1901 m. The data acquired in the well indicate a production capacity in excess of 5,000 B/D. The discovery creates opportunities for exploration in the southern part of Block 15/06, so far considered mainly gas-prone. The joint venture, with stakes held by Eni (operator, 36.8421%), Sonangol (36.8421%), and SSI Fifteen Limited (26.3158%), will work to appraise the updip of the discovery and will begin studies to fast-track its development.
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.
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. Total operates the field with 24% interest, in partnership with NNPC, CNOOC, SAPETRO, and Petrobras.
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.
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.
Two discoveries offshore Mexico add to April’s finding in the Norwegian Sea. The Esox-1 well encountered 58 m of high-quality oil-bearing Miocene reservoirs and will be tied back to Tubular Bells production facilities. The Orca-1 and Marsouin-1 wells have derisked up to 50 Tcf of gas initially in place from the Cenomanian and Albian plays in the BirAllah area, more than sufficient to support a world-scale LNG project, partner Kosmos Energy said. India’s ONGC reported an oil find in Colombia’s Llanos Basin as well as a gas and oil discovery in Brazil’s deepwater Sergipe Alagoas Basin. Development of the Tolmount East discovery will be fast-tracked, the operator said.
In 2019, the US experienced the lowest natural gas prices since 2016. This was despite natural gas consumption increasing in the residential and commercial sector by 2% (between October and December) according to the US Energy Information Administration. The complete paper presents an integration of geology, geohazards, geophysics, and geotechnical assessments for a design of an offshore gas production facility and an associated export pipeline. Landmark deal called most significant since 1979 peace treaty. The Orca-1 and Marsouin-1 wells have derisked up to 50 Tcf of gas initially in place from the Cenomanian and Albian plays in the BirAllah area, more than sufficient to support a world-scale LNG project, partner Kosmos Energy said.