Exclusives

Tullow positions itself offshore Comoros, a potential future oil and gas hot spot, as it prepares to drill offshore Guyana next year.

Seismic is not always a standalone tool in stratigraphic traps.

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South Sudan has 3.5 Bbbl of oil and 3 Tcf of natural gas in proven reserves, and it is seen by companies as one of the last frontiers in energy exploration in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Uganda’s government is pushing to join “middle income” status, but success hinges on tapping into the crude oil in its Lake Albert Basin.

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The small Canadian company with just over a dozen employees and no producing assets is focusing on near-term high-impact exploration as the industry recovers from a market downturn.

Land & Leasing

The Nigerian government filed a $1.1 billion lawsuit against Shell and Eni in a commercial court in London on Dec. 13 in relation to a 2011 oilfield deal involving block OPL 245.

French energy company Total has strengthened its position in Mauritania by winning contracts for two new exploration blocks deep offshore.

Qatar Petroleum agreed to buy a 10% participating interest in three of Exxon Mobil's offshore exploration blocks in Mozambique's Angoche and Zambezi basins.

U.K. oil explorer Tullow Oil is seeking partners in a bid to acquire a new oil block in Ghana which launched its first oil bidding round in October, the company’s managing director Kweku Awotwi said on Dec. 6.

South Africa will relax a moratorium on gas and oil exploration licenses implemented earlier this year to allow E&P applications already in the system to be granted, a government minister said Nov. 29.

Reservoir Evaluation

SDX Energy Inc. said its SD-3X appraisal well at South Disouq, Egypt, produced 12.02 million standard cubic feet (MMscf) of conventional natural gas during testing.

BW Offshore said May 14 that it has successfully drilled and completed the DTM-3 appraisal well located at the Tortue field, within the Dussafu license, offshore Gabon.

Drilled to a total depth of 2,837 m (9,308 ft), the well hit a 24-m (79-ft) gross hydrocarbon column across three intervals, about 11 m (36 ft) net of condensate and gas in the primary objective and about 4 m (13 ft) net of oil in the deeper secondary objective, the company said.

Located in a water depth of about 2,175 m (7,136 ft) in the Sangomar Deep Offshore Block, the well was drilled by the Stena DrillMAX drillship about 30 km (19 miles) southwest of the FAN-1 exploration well.

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The gas find, located west of the Teranga discovery and south of Tortue, is estimated to hold 15 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

Wildcats & Stepouts

A 12-m interval of the well was tested at a flow rate of 17.1 million standard cubic feet of gas per day and 8,780 barrels of oil per day, New Age said.

Eni has made a gas discovery in the Egyptian Obayed concession in the Egyptian Western Desert, the Italian major said Aug. 30.

The Eridal-1 well encountered an estimated 13.6 m (44.6 ft) of net oil-bearing reservoir sandstones in the E1 reservoir, the company said in a news release.

The Kalimba-1 NFW well, located about 50 km southeast of the Armada Olombendo FPSO, proved 23 meters net of high-quality (33° API) oil pay in Upper Miocene sandstones with excellent petrophysical properties, Eni said.

The company said June 6 that the Amdigh-1 well, located in the R3/R4 area, encountered an estimated 22 m (72 ft) of net oil-bearing reservoir sandstones in the E1 and E2 reservoir units within the primary Eocene Sokor Alternances objective.