Oil and gas were encountered in the deeper part of the Megiddo-Jezreel #1 well, Zion CEO Victor G. Carrillo said.

Further analysis was required to determine the range of gas volumes and define further exploration and appraisal operations, Eni said.

Shell Offshore Inc. said it has made one of its largest discoveries in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GoM), hitting more than 427 m (1,400 net ft) of oil-bearing pay in the Perdido area.

London-based BP said it had made one discovery in Block 29/4e in the central North Sea, named Capercaillie, and another in Block 206/9b west of Shetland, branded Achmelvich.

Total said Jan. 30 that it and operator Chevron had made a significant oil discovery at the Ballymore prospect in the deep offshore in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, its largest discovery in the area.

Located on the Sebou permit, the well hit 5 m (16 ft) of net conventional natural gas pay in the Hoot Formation, with reservoir quality exceeding initial expectations, the company said.

The well was safely drilled to 2,725 m (8,940 ft), reaching high-quality, hydrocarbon-bearing reservoirs in the Toro and Digimu sandstones, consistent with pre-drilling expectations. The well confirms the southeast extension of the field.

The Mt. Providence well encountered about 153 net ft of high quality, primarily oil pay in one Miocene interval with no visible water level, which exceeded pre-drill expectations.

ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd. began drilling the Ranger-1 well on Nov. 5, 2017, and encountered about 70 m (230 ft) of high-quality, oil-bearing carbonate reservoir.

The well hit about 40 m (131 ft) of net oil pay in the Orca Formation and another 27 m (89 ft) of net oil pay in the Cinco Presidentes formation exploratory target, Eni said.

SDX Energy’s KSR-16 development well has encountered gas on the Sebou permit in Morocco, the company said Dec. 11.

Genel said the well, which was drilled to a measured depth of 3,100 m (10,171 ft), encountered good quality oil bearing Cretaceous Shiranish and Kometan reservoirs.