Untitled Document
Untitled Document

Total discovers oil in deep water offshore Ivory Coast

Total

The Total-operated Saphir-1XB exploration well on Block CI-514 has proved the presence of liquid hydrocarbons in the deep offshore west of the Ivory Coast.

“Drilled in an abrupt margin play, this first well is the first discovery in the San Pedro Basin, a frontier exploration area in Ivory Coast,” commented Marc Blaizot, senior vice president of exploration at Total. "Having confirmed the presence of a petroleum system containing light oil, we will next evaluate this very promising find and focus on its extension to the north and east."

Lying in 2,300 meters (7,546 feet) of water, Saphir-1XB is the first well in Block CI-514. It was drilled to a total depth of 4,655 meters (15,272 feet), encountering 40 meters (131 feet) of net pay containing light 34° API oil, in a series of 350 meters (1,148 feet) of reservoirs.

The data acquired during drilling are being analyzed and will be used to determine the area’s potential and design the delineation program. Total is pursuing its intensive exploration program in the area, with plans to drill two wells in blocks CI-515 and CI-516 by year-end.

Total E&P Côte d’Ivoire operates Block CI-514 with a 54% interest, alongside CNR International (36%) and PETROCI Holding (10%).

Total also has interests in three other ultra-deep offshore exploration licenses in Ivory Coast (CI-100, CI-515 and CI-516). The Group is continuing to analyze the oil discovery made in Total-operated Block CI-100 in 2013, which confirmed the extension of an already proved active petroleum system in the Tano Basin.

Related Articles

Carnarvon to explore two permits in Barrow sub-basin

06/05/2014 Carnarvon Petroleum Ltd. has been awarded two contiguous blocks on the eastern flank of the prolific oil producing Barrow sub-basin: Petroleum Exploration Permit EP-490 (bid block L11-6) and TP/27 ...

Report predicts surge in world subsea expenditure

06/05/2014

Global subsea hardware capex could total $117 billion between 2014 and 2018, according to Douglas-Westwood’s latest market forecast.

Seadrill secures commitment for newbuild ultra-deepwater unit

06/02/2014 Seadrill Ltd. has secured a contract with Total Upstream Nigeria Ltd. for employment of the newbuild ultra-deepwater drillship West Jupiter, in support of the EGINA ultra-deep offshore project in N...

Aker wins offshore Norway contract from BP

05/30/2014

Aker Solutions has secured a framework agreement to provide engineering, modifications, and maintenance services for BP-operated oil and gas fields offshore Norway.

GDF SUEZ E&P UK reports Southern North Sea gas discovery

05/28/2014 GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd. has reported a new gas discovery in the UK Southern North Sea. The Cepheus 44/12a-6 exploration well has encountered a gas column within the Permian Lower Leman Sandstone, ...

More Oil & Gas Financial Articles

Carnarvon to explore two permits in Barrow sub-basin

Thu, Jun 5, 2014

Carnarvon Petroleum Ltd. has been awarded two contiguous blocks on the eastern flank of the prolific oil producing Barrow sub-basin: Petroleum Exploration Permit EP-490 (bid block L11-6) and TP/27 (bid block T11-3) offshore Western Australia. Carnarvon is the operator and 100% working interest holder in these blocks, which cover a total area of 675 square miles (1,750 square kilometers).

Report predicts surge in world subsea expenditure

Thu, Jun 5, 2014

Global subsea hardware capex could total $117 billion between 2014 and 2018, according to Douglas-Westwood’s latest market forecast.

Seadrill secures commitment for newbuild ultra-deepwater unit

Mon, Jun 2, 2014

Seadrill Ltd. has secured a contract with Total Upstream Nigeria Ltd. for employment of the newbuild ultra-deepwater drillship West Jupiter, in support of the EGINA ultra-deep offshore project in Nigeria.


Aker wins offshore Norway contract from BP

Fri, May 30, 2014

Aker Solutions has secured a framework agreement to provide engineering, modifications, and maintenance services for BP-operated oil and gas fields offshore Norway.

GDF SUEZ E&P UK reports Southern North Sea gas discovery

Wed, May 28, 2014

GDF SUEZ E&P UK Ltd. has reported a new gas discovery in the UK Southern North Sea. The Cepheus 44/12a-6 exploration well has encountered a gas column within the Permian Lower Leman Sandstone, which was the primary reservoir target. 

Most Popular

Oil & Gas Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Subscribe to OGFJ