The Reguin Tigre well was the last in the second phase of
exploration of the deepwater Cretaceous petroleum systems in
the area, targeting large basin floor fan structures, said Kosmos Energy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Andrew G.
Inglis. The company drilled 4 wells in the second phase, with
success at Yakaar (OGJ Online, May 8, 2017).
In Phase 1, targeting inboard structures on the slope, the
company encountered hydrocarbons in its three test wells: Tor-tue, Marsouin, and Teranga.
“Overall we have discovered gross resource of 40 tcf, at
a net cost of 20¢/boe benefiting from the partner carry, and
have created the potential for two world scale LNG hubs,” Inglis said.
Kosmos was fully carried on the cost of the Requin Tigre
well. The drillship will proceed with plans to test two oil prospects off Suriname starting early in this year’s second quarter.
Kosmos holds 30% interest in the Saint Louis Offshore
Profond license. BP PLC holds 60% interest. State oil concern
Petrosen holds 10%.
Deep potential confirmed in far-north Russia
A joint venture of Rosneft and Gazprom Neft has confirmed the
potential of deep strata in Vostochno-Messoyakhskoye oil field
in northern Yamalo-Netets Autonomous Okrug of Russia, 340
km north of Novy Urengoy (OGJ Online, Sept. 22, 2016).
The venture, Messoyakhaneftegaz, achieved initial flow of
250 tonnes/day of oil in its first deep horizontal well.
The well, with two pilot boreholes, went to 4. 4 km TD in
Early Cretaceous pay at a depth of 3. 3 km. It was completed
with multiple-stage hydraulically fracturing.
The oil is lighter than that produced in the main reservoir,
the depth of which is about 800 m.
Messoyakhaneftegaz expects to drill 10 more deep wells in
the area in 2018.
Local council in UK rejects core drilling
Plans by Ineos Shale for core-well drilling in the East Midlands
of England have met resistance from local officials.
Planning committee members of the Derbyshire County
Council voted 9-1 to reject a recommendation that the test be
Ineos Shale proposes to drill the vertical well to 2,400 m
adjacent to Bramleymoor Lane near the village of Marsh Lane to
test suitability of subsurface shale for hydraulic fracturing (OGJ
Online, Mar. 14, 2017).
The rejected report, by council planners, found that the
Ineos proposal would be acceptable under “strict planning con-
trols related to dust, ecology, the impact on roads and traffic,
archaeology, lighting, and noise.”
A decision on the Ineos application will be made under ap-
peal following a public inquiry starting on June 19.
Ron Coyle, chief executive officer of Ineos Shale, called the
move a “bad decision” and noted that the goal of the proposed
well is knowledge.
“The fact that it may help to make decisions about potential
unconventional gas extraction sometime in the future should
not change the fact that this was an application for a simple
core-bore well and no more,” he said.
Three VPs to lead key Laredo functions
James R. Courtier, Jason R. Greenwald, and Mark H. Elliott
will jointly assume leadership of Laredo Petroleum Inc.’s exploration, development, and land initiatives as Patrick J. Curth,
senior vice-president—exploration and land, becomes a senior
advisor before retiring in March.
Courtier is vice-president—exploration and geosciences technology of the Tulsa company. Greenwald is vice-president—
reservoir engineering. Elliott is vice-president—land.
DRILLING & PRODUCTION QUICK TAKES
CNOOC Ltd. sees production gain in 2018
CNOOC Ltd. expects its worldwide oil and gas production to
increase by as much as 2.3% in 2018, during which it plans
to drill 132 exploration wells and acquire 19,000 sq km of 3D
From net oil and gas production expected to total 469 million boe in 2017, the company’s production will increase this
year to 470-480 million boe.
CNOOC Ltd. expects net oil and gas output to total 485 million boe in 2019 and 500 million boe in 2020.
Of this year’s expected production, 64% will be in China.
The company expects production to start from five projects
in which it holds interests this year: Stampede oil field operated by Hess in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and, offshore
China, Weizhou 6-13 oil field, Penglai 19-3 oil field 1/3/8/9
comprehensive adjustment project, Dongfang 13-2 gas fields,
and Wenchang 9-2/9-3/10-3 gas fields.
The company has budgeted capital spending of ¥70-80 billion ($11-13 billion), of which 18% will be for exploration, 65%
for development, and 16% for production.
Vladimir Filanovsky Phase 2 well starts
The first well in second-phase development of Vladimir
Filanovsky oil field in the Caspian Sea has started production
at an initial rate of 2,400 tonnes/day of oil.
Operator Lukoil drilled the well to 3. 5 km MD with a horizontal section of 1.2 km.
The start-up boosts production in the field to 16,800 tonnes/day.
Lukoil has started drilling an injection well as part of the
second phase, which includes a fixed, ice-resistant platform
and an accommodation block platform.
The field is in 7-11 m of water 220 km off Astrakhan. Production began in 2016.
In the first phase, which also included a fixed, ice-resistant
platform and accommodation block platform as well as a riser
block and central platform, Lukoil drilled six production and
two injection wells (OGJ Online, Oct. 30, 2017).