By John Ankromah
Ghanaian homegrown independent, Springfield Exploration and Production has discovered oil in its very first attempt at drilling.
The company encountered 50 metres net light oil pay in high quality Cenomanian sand stones, in the West Cape Three Points Block 2 (WCTP2) Offshore Ghana, according to very impeccable sources at the country’s Ministry of Energy & Petroleum. The gross thickness of the hydrocarbon column is 65 metres. Afina 1 is located in a water depth of 1,030 metres.
The well, spud on October 7th, 2019, is being drilled drillship Stena Forth.
A release will be made by Springfield itself in the coming days.
Afina-1 is the first of two exploratory wells that Springfield proposes to start with on the asset. The second is Oak-1.
WCTP2 was carved out of the West Cape Three Points block, operated by Kosmos Energy, following the delineation of the Jubilee unitisation area. The block was subsequently awarded to Springfield E&P for a seven year exploration period from July 2016.
WCTP2 is situated between the Jubilee field (90,000BOPD) and Sankofa (30,000BOPD) field and is immediately north of Aker Energy’s Pecan, Hickory, Almond, Paradise and Beech discoveries.
The latter extends into the WCTP2 block. The licence consists of two components, an exploration component and an appraisal/development component for the existing discoveries, Odum and Banda.
Springfield operates the WCTP2 with 84%, with the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) having an 11% carried interest.
GNPC’s designated operating arm, the GNPC Explorco, also holds a 5% carried interest.
Springfield has, by merely spudding the well, achieved history as the first home-grown, African owned E&P operator to spud a well in a new deepwater licence.
With this discovery, it secures its place.