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Pura Vida Joins the Rush For Morocco

Australian independent Pura Vida Energy is drilling ahead the MZ-1 well in the Mazagan Permit, offshore Morocco. The hole is being made with the deepwater drillship Atwood Achiever.

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Dana Gas Spuds Balsam-2 In Egypt’s Nile Delta

Dana Gas has spud the Balsam-2 development well in the Balsam Development lease onshore Nile delta.

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ENI Tests Small Pool of Condensate offshore Libya

Italian giant ENI has tested 868 barrels per day of condensate in the 10/01.1 well offshore Libya. It is the company’s second discovery in Libyan offshore in 2015.

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Kosmos Gets Richer Deeper

American minnow Kosmos Energy encountered more gas as it drilled below the primary objective in Mauritania’s Tortue-1 exploration well, where it had already struck a rich gas seam. 

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Cairn Follows up on Senegalese Discoveries

Cairn Energy is looking forward to a three well drilling campaign offshore Senegal from the fourth quarter of 2015.

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Repsol Finds New Gas in Southeast Algeria

Mohammed Jetutu, in Cairo
Spanish explorer Repsol flowed 6.1Million standard cubic feet of gas per day in a reservoir in Teso-2, the first well of a 2015 drilling campaign in Illizi Basin in southeast Algeria. The TESO-2 well was drilled to a depth of 1,307 meters in the Ordovician reservoir in the country’s.

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Kuwaitis Flow Close to 4,000Barrels Per Day In New Egyptian Discovery

Kuwait Energy’s new discovery in Egypt’s Western Desert flowed 3,900 Barrels per day of condensate and 3.1Million cubic feet of gas, the company has announced.

ASH-1ST is located on the Abu Sennan concession, in the onshore Western Desert. The hydrocarbons are stored in the Alam El Bueib (Early Cretaceous) Formation.

The volume of liquid hydrocarbon is significant for Egypt, which is largely a gas prone terrain.

The condensate is of 460 API and the test figures were taken on 64/64” choke.

Kuwait Energy holds a 50% revenue interest and is the operator in the Abu Sennan development lease, while Dover holds 28% and Beach holds 22%. The company reports that the main partner on the lease is the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC).

“This is a very important discovery as this is the first production from the deep horizons at the Abu Sennan area with good rate”, the company said in the press release. It did not disclose what exact depth the discovery pools are in. “This discovery adds a new producing horizon to the stream and opens a window for deeper exploration targets”, says Sara Akbar, CEO of Kuwait Energy.

NDPR Hits the Mother Lode in Ogbele-9

By McJohn Adjoto, in Port Harcourt

Niger Delta Petroleum Resources (NDPR) encountered 400feet of net hydrocarbon sands, most of it oil, in several intervals in Ogbele -9, an appraisal well. The primary objectives are reservoirs located in a previously undrilled fault block. These results are coming just months after the company found 387 feet Net Gas Sand (NGS) in seven reservoirs in Ogbele- 8 in proven and untested fault blocks.

 Ogbele-9 is expected to be completed and put into production but technical challenges have impeded progress of work.  The rig ACM 5 is on a two year contract and will be drilling Ogbele 10 and 11 on the same slot. NDPR currently produces about 3,500BOPD, (of which 1,000BOPD is converted into diesel at its topping plant) and 26 MMscf/d of gas exported to the Bonny LNG system.


Cairn Makes Second Oil Discovery Offshore Senegal

Scottish minnow, Cairn, has announced a second commercial discovery offshore Senegal in the space of one month.

The SNE-1 well is located in 1,100 metres (m) water depth and approximately 100 kilometres (km) offshore in the Sangomar Offshore block with a target depth of ~3,000 metres and targeting the Shelf Edge Prospect.

“Intermediate logging of the SNE-1 well has confirmed hydrocarbons in the Cretaceous clastics objective”, Cairn said in a release. This target is of similar age to oil bearing sands found approximately 24 km away in FAN-1, which was reported as an oil discovery on October 7, 2014.

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Kuwaitis Test 4,000BOPD of New Oil in Egypt

Kuwait Energy has announced that its operated exploration well ASA-1 st3 achieved flow rates of 3,768 Barrels of Oil per Day (BOPD) in two zones. The well is located on the Abu Sennan license, onshore Egypt.

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