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Africa (Sub-Sahara) An 816-mile 2D seismic acquisition program was completed on the Ampasindava block, located in the Majunga deepwater basin offshore northwest Madagascar. The data will provide improved subsurface imaging of the large Sifaka prospect and will potentially mature additional prospects in the Ampasindava block to drill-ready status. Sterling Energy (UK) holds a 30% interest in the Ampasindava production sharing contract, which is operated by ExxonMobil Exploration and Production (Northern Madagascar) (70%). Asia Pacific Production began on the Liuhua 19-5 gas field in the Pearl River Mouth basin in the South China Sea. The field is expected to hit peak production of 29 MMcf/D this year. China National Offshore Oil Corporation (100%) is the operator. Drilling began on the YNG 3264 and the CHK 1177 development wells onshore in Myanmar.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) Sonangol's deepwater Orca-1 well encountered oil in the presalt layer of Block 20/11 in the Cuanza basin offshore Angola. The well reached a measured depth of 12,703 ft. Initial well tests saw flow rates of 16.3 MMcm/D of gas and 3,700 BOPD. Cobalt International Energy (40%) is the operator, with partners Sonangol Research and Production (30%) and BP Exploration Angola (30%). Asia Pacific Premier Oil's Kuda Laut-1 well in Indonesia's Tuna production sharing contract has encountered 183 net ft of oil-bearing reservoir and 327 net ft of gas-bearing reservoir. Following evaluation operations, the well will be sidetracked to drill the Singa Laut prospect in an adjacent fault block. Premier is the operator (65%), with partner Mitsui Oil Exploration Company (35%).
Africa (Sub-Sahara) Drilling began in the SL-5-11 block in the deepwater shelf of west Africa. The targeted depth is 4700 m in water depths of more than 2000 m. Lukoil Overseas (49%) is the operator in partnership with Oranto (30%) and PanAtlantic (21%). Asia Pacific Drilling began on an exploration well in Block G4/50 in the Gulf of Thailand. The planned depth is 2350 m targeting Miocene sandstones. The well is estimated to contain mean prospective recoverable resources of 30 million bbl of oil. Salamander Energy is the operator with a 100% interest. Drilling has been completed on the Klalin-14 development well located in the West Papua region of Indonesia. The well encountered 81 ft of total net pay and tested production rates of 9.8 MMscf/D of natural gas and 220 B/D of condensate on a 24/64-in.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) Gas was discovered at two separate levels in the Mronge-1 well in Block 2 offshore Tanzania. The discovery is estimated at between 2 and 3 Tcf of natural gas in place, bringing Block 2's estimated total in-place volumes up to 17 to 20 Tcf. Statoil (65%) operates the Block 2 license on behalf of Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation, and partners with ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Tanzania (35%). Oil was discovered at the Agete-1 exploration well on Block 13T in northern Kenya. The well, drilled to a total depth of 1929 m, encountered 330 ft of net oil pay in good-quality sandstone reservoirs. Tullow Oil (50%) is the operator with partner Africa Oil (50%). Asia Pacific Drilling began on the YNG 3262 infill development well in the southern Nyaung Do area of the Yenangyaung oil field in Myanmar.
Santos discovered gas condensate at its Lasseter-1 exploration well in block WA-274-P, located in the Browse basin, offshore Western Australia. The well reached a total depth of 5329 m and was drilled in 404 m of water. Wireline logging has confirmed 78 m of net pay over the Jurassic-aged Lower Vulcan and Plover intervals, between 4880 and 5285 m measured depth. Multiple independent hydrocarbon columns have been detected, including an estimated 250-m column for the Lower Vulcan reservoirs. Multiple hydrocarbon samples have been recovered; initial analysis confirms a condensate-to-gas ratio in the range of 10 to 25 bbl/MMcf.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) Bowleven has started drilling operations at the Moambe exploration well on the Bomono permit in Cameroon. Moambe is the second well in a two-well program, approximately 2 km east of the first well, Zingana. It targets a previously undrilled Paleocene Tertiary three-way dip fault block containing multiple sands and will be drilled to an estimated 1620 m in measured depth. Both wells will be logged. Bowleven is the operator and holds 100% interest. Asia Pacific Murphy Oil discovered gas at its Permai exploration well in deepwater Block H in the South China Sea offshore Malaysia. The find is Murphy's eighth consecutive success in the area around the Rotan floating liquefied natural gas project, which is planned to begin its first production in 2018.
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.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) Namibia's Ministry of Mines and Energy approved a 1-year extension to its offshore license covering Block 2714A to Chariot Oil & Gas. The extension will allow for the completion of its analysis of the drilling results of the Kabeljou-1 exploration well. Petrobras (30%) is the operator in partnership with Chariot (25%) and BP (45). Asia Pacific The Basset West-1 well encountered 25 ft of gas pay in Jurassic sandstones on the Browse basin offshore Western Australia. The well was drilled to a total depth of 5240 m. Total E&P Australia (50%) is the operator in partnership with Santos (30%) and Murphy Oil (20%). Australia's government awarded 13 new offshore petroleum exploration permits after receiving 23 bids for 15 blocks. A total of USD 172 million will be spent exploring the areas, which are located offshore Western Australia and Tasmania, over the initial 3 years of the permit terms.
Africa (Sub-Sahara) Gas was discovered at two separate levels in the Mronge-1 well in Block 2 offshore Tanzania. The discovery is estimated at between 2 and 3 Tcf of natural gas in place, bringing Block 2's estimated total in-place volumes up to 17 to 20 Tcf. Statoil (65%) operates the Block 2 license on behalf of Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation, and partners with ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Tanzania (35%). Oil was discovered at the Agete-1 exploration well on Block 13T in northern Kenya. The well, drilled to a total depth of 1929 m, encountered 330 ft of net oil pay in good-quality sandstone reservoirs. Tullow Oil (50%) is the operator with partner Africa Oil (50%). Asia Pacific Indonesia announced plans to offer 27 oil and gas blocks in 2014 in regular tenders and direct offers.