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Statoil Announces Major Oil Discovery

Statoil's Berents Sea Rig

Statoil Makes Major New Oil Discovery in the Barents Sea. Statoil ASA has together with its partners Eni Norge AS and Petoro AS made a substantial oil discovery in the Havis prospect in the same licence as Skrugard (PL532) in the Barents Sea. This is the second high-impact discovery in the North in nine months. Well 7220/7-1, drilled by the drilling rig Aker Barents, has proved a 48 metre gas column and a 128 metre oil column. Statoil estimates the volumes in Havis to be between 200 and 300 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalents (o.e.).

Statoil: N. Sea Discovery Larger than Expected

Statoil’s executive VP for Exploration, Tim Dodson, shows off oil samples from the Aldous discovery during an August 16 press conference. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland/Courtesy Statoil.com)

Communication between the Aldous and Avaldsnes oil discoveries in the North Sea has now been confirmed. In combination these discoveries may represent an oil structure of between 500 million and 1.2 billion barrels of recoverable oil equivalent. If the upper part of the interval strikes pay dirt, the discovery will be one of the ten largest oil finds ever on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS). Statoil (OSE: STL, NYSE: STO) has a 40% stake both in licence PL 265, where Aldous was discovered, and in PL 501, where the Avaldsnes discovery was made.

Total Announces Major Deepwater Oil Discovery in US Gulf

French oil and energy group Total said on Wednesday that it 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. "This major discovery gives us access to large oil resources and follow on potential in the emerging Norphlet play," Arnaud Breuillac, Total's president for exploration and production, said in a statement. "While already deemed commercially viable, we will work together on the appraisal of this discovery and a cost-effective scheme to ensure a rapid, low breakeven development," he added. An assessment of the resource estimate was ongoing, the company said, adding that the discovery will bolster Total's new exploration strategy put in place since 2015.

Shell Makes Big Deepwater Oil Discovery in Gulf of Mexico

Oil major Royal Dutch Shell said its U.S. unit had made one of its biggest oil discoveries in the past decade in the Whale deepwater well in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The Whale is operated by Shell and co-owned by U.S. oil giant Chevron Corp. "Evaluation of the discovery was ongoing, and appraisal drilling is underway to further delineate the discovery and define development options," Shell Offshore Inc said in a statement without giving figures. Shell has three Gulf of Mexico deepwater projects under construction -- Appomattox, Kaikias and Coulomb Phase 2. It has added more than one billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) resources in the last decade in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP Amoco To Update Mammoth GOM Oil Discovery Soon

BP Amoco Plc said it should be able to provide an update on its giant Crazy Horse deepwater oil discovery in the Gulf of Mexico when two appraisal wells are completed during the next couple of months. "I would say the preliminary results are very encouraging and hopefully we will have some news in the near future," BP Amoco's Houston region Vice President David Welch told reporters after addressing the American Petroleum Institute's Houston chapter. The London-based company announced the Crazy Horse discovery last year, estimating that it contained reserves of at least one billion barrels of oil, making it the biggest ever deepwater discovery in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mobil Says Oil Discovery off Guyana is 'Significant'

Photo by ExxonMobil

Unlike almost all its neighbors, Guyana isn’t an oil producer yet. But the energy giant Exxon Mobil recently announced it had discovered “significant” oil off the coast. The discovery could put Guyana on oil and gas Map and the country could become a player in the oil marketplace. However, it will take months to ascertain the size and commercial potential of this discovery. And there could be issues, as the waters also claimed by Venezuela as part of a long-running border dispute between the South American countries.

Eni Makes Oil Discovery

Eni has made the first oil discovery in the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) block, located in the Tano Basin offshore Ghana, about 50 km off the coast of Ghana. The discovery is relevant as it may have the potential for commercial development and confirms the importance of the block also in terms of the presence of oil, as well as natural gas and condensates. Eni plans for the immediate drilling of other wells to delineate the size of the discovery and confirm the feasibility of commercial development. The discovery was made through the Sankofa East-1X well, which reached a total depth of 3,650 meters, in 825 meters of water, and encountered 28 meters with  gas and condensate and 76 meters of gross oil pay in Cretaceous sandstones.

New Western Flank Oil Discovery at Balgowan-1

Map of PEL 91 including Balgowan-1 and Burners-1

Drillsearch Energy Limited announced that a new oil discovery at the Balgowan-1 exploration well in PEL 91 on the Western Flank Oil Fairway of the Cooper Basin. Wireline logs carried out at Balgowan-1 have confirmed a 9-metre gross oil column in the McKinlay-Namur and as a result, the well has been cased and suspended as a future oil producer, the 14th discovery in PEL 91. Analysis of the well results is continuing and Drillsearch will provide an update on the size of the discovery in due course. Balgowan-1 is located 3.6 kilometres northeast of the Stunsail-1 oil discovery.

Lundin Petroleum Finds Arctic Oil

Arctic scene: File photo

Swedish oil firm Lundin Petroleum has confirmed the size of a significant oil discovery in the Arctic, the company said on Monday after completing a second well. The Gohta discovery in the Norwegian section of the Barents Sea is now estimated to contain between 111 and 232 million barrels Of oil equivalent (boe), compared with 105-235 million boe seen in October last year. Lundin Petroleum's partners in the production license, called PL492, are Norway's Det norske and Noreco. (By Gwladys Fouche)  

Statoil Makes Gas Find in Arctic

Norwegian oil firm Statoil has made a small gas discovery in the Arctic, near its Johan Castberg oil discovery, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Friday. The find contains between 1 and 2 billion standard cubic metres of recoverable gas, it said. Statoil's partners are Eni of Italy and Norwegian state-owned firm Petoro. Reporting by Gwladys Fouche

Statoil and Partners Discover High-Impact Oil Well

Statoil ASA and partners Petoro AS, Det norske oljeselskap ASA and Lundin Norway AS have made a high-impact oil discovery on the Aldous Major South prospect (PL 265) in the North Sea. Well 16/2-8, drilled by the Transocean Leader drilling rig, has identified an approximately 65-meter oil column in Jurassic sandstone. The acquired data confirm that this is a reservoir of excellent quality. Statoil has previously described the well as a high-impact well, and the result confirms…

ExxonMobil Announces Oil Discovery Offshore Guyana

(Photo: ExxonMobil)

Exxon Mobil Corporation announced its sixth oil discovery offshore Guyana since 2015, following positive results from its Ranger-1 exploration well. The Ranger-1 well discovery adds to previous discoveries at Liza, Payara, Snoek, Liza Deep and Turbot, which are estimated to total more than 3.2 billion recoverable oil-equivalent barrels. ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd. began drilling the Ranger-1 well on November 5, 2017 and encountered approximately 70 meters of high-quality, oil-bearing carbonate reservoir.

Gas and Oil Discoveries in the Askja Prospects

Operator Statoil has together with PL272 partners made a gas discovery in the Askja West prospect and an oil discovery in the Askja East prospect in the North Sea. The exploration wells  30/11-9 S and 30/11-9 A, drilled by the drilling rig Ocean Vanguard, are located between the Oseberg and Frigg fields and about 13 km southeast of the Statoil-operated Krafla/Krafla West discoveries. Main wellbore 30/11-9 S tested the Askja West prospect and proved a net gas column of 90 metres in Late and Middle Jurassic rocks.

Chevron Makes Oil Discovery in Deepwater US Gulf

Anchor is located approximately 140 miles (225 km) off the coast of Louisiana. (Image: Chevron)

Chevron Corporation announced an oil discovery at the Anchor prospect in the deepwater U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Anchor is Chevron’s second discovery in the deepwater Gulf in less than a year. “The Anchor discovery, along with the previously announced Guadalupe discovery, are significant finds for us in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. We had one of our best years with the drill bit in 2014, reporting more than 30 discoveries worldwide and adding an estimated one billion barrels of new resources to our holdings,” said Jay Johnson, senior vice president, Upstream, Chevron Corporation.

Norway Confirms Small Arctic Oil Find

Norwegian oil explorer Det norske made a small oil discovery in the Arctic Barents Sea with a gross oil column of about 30 metres and much poorer reservoir quality than expected, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Monday. Det norske earlier said it found some oil in the prospect but initial volumes did not justify development. Det norske operates the licence and holds a 20 percent stake. Other shareholders include Sweden's Lundin Petroleum (20 percent), Tullow (15 percent), Rocksource (5 percent), Norwegian state holding firm Petoro (30 percent) and Atlantic Petroleum (10 percent).

Eni: Major Oil Discovery Offshore Angola

Eni and Sonangol announce a new major oil discovery in Block 15/06, located offshore Angola. The Cabaça South East-1 well, located at a depth of 470 meters, at a distance of 100 km from the coast, successfully reached its multi-target objective in the deepest levels of Miocene age, where oil bearing reservoirs, with a total of 450 meters of gross thickness, have been proven. Initial evaluations indicate that the discovery holds  material volumes of oil in place of high quality. Cabaça South East-1 is the seventh of eight expected exploration wells within the contractual commitments of the license. The well has produced results beyond initial expectations and confirms the potential for a second productive hub in the North East area of the block.

Drilling Complete on Gas/Oil Discovery

StatoilHydro has completed the drilling of an appraisal well on the Pan/Pandora gas/oil discovery south of the Visund field in the North Sea. The purpose of well 34/8-14 A was to delineate the 34/8-14 S Pan/Pandora discovery in the northern segment of this structure. "The area south of Visund has a considerable remaining resource potential, and we are very pleased that the expectations as to the northern extension of the discovery now have been confirmed," says the head of infrastructure-led exploration west, May-Liss Hauknes.

Oil Discovery in Brazil

A huge offshore oil discovery could raise Brazil's petroleum reserves by a whopping 40 percent and boost this country into the ranks of the world's major exporters, officials said according to an AP report. The government-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, said the new "ultra-deep" Tupi field could hold as much as 8 billion barrels of recoverable light crude, sending Petrobras shares soaring and prompting predictions that Brazil could join the world's "top 10" oil producers. Petrobras says the Tupi field, off Brazil's southeastern Atlantic coast, has between 5 billion and 8 billion barrels -- equivalent to 40 percent of all the oil ever discovered in Brazil.

Statoil Reports GoM Oil Discovery

The Maersk Developer drilling rig. (Photo: Jonathan Bachman - AP - Statoil)

Statoil has made an oil discovery in its Miocene Yeti prospect located in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM), the company announced today. “The Yeti discovery expands the proven sub-salt Miocene play further south and west of the Big Foot field,” said Jez Averty, Statoil’s senior vice president, exploration for North America. The Yeti discovery was made in Walker Ridge (WR) block 160, which is located approximately 15 kilometers south of the Big Foot field, and 11 kilometers from the Cascade field. All of the blocks making up Yeti were accessed by the current owners in recent years.

Hurricane spuds Lancaster well

Drilling Operation

  Hurricane Energy plc announced that the Lancaster horizontal appraisal well was spudded at 10:30 hours BST on 26 April 2014. The Company is using the Transocean Sedco 712 semi-submersible drilling rig for the operation which is intended to drill and test the Lancaster basement oil discovery. The operation is expected to last approximately 75 days after which further technical analysis will be undertaken.  

Statoil Buys into Brazil’s Santos Basin

Statoil completes acquisition and takes over operatorship of Brazilian offshore licence BM-S-8     Statoil and Petrobras have completed their previously announced transaction, whereby Statoil has acquired Petrobras’ 66 percent operated interest of the BM-S-8 offshore license in Brazil’s Santos basin.   BM-S-8 contains a substantial part of the Carcará pre-salt oil discovery.   On the completion of the transaction, Statoil has paid Petrobras $1.25 billion, half of the total consideration. The remainder will be paid at the passage of certain future milestones, mainly relating to the future unitization of Carcará.

Elf Makes Second Gulf Of Mexico Discovery

French oil company Elf Aquitaine has announced its U.S. oil and gas subsidiary Elf Exploration Inc. made its second deep offshore oil discovery in the Gulf of Mexico this year. Elf officials said workers made the find at the Matterhorn well in the Mississippi Canyon Block 243, in which Elf Exploration Inc. has a 100 percent working interest. A Global Marine Celtic Sea semi-submersible vessel had drilled the well to a depth of 8,165 ft. and found 370 gross ft. of oil reservoirs in two zones, officials added. "Production tests showed a daily flow rate of 6,640 barrels of good quality oil as well as associated gas." The Matterhorn discovery follows Elf's March find at the Anconcagua prospect in Mississippi Canyon Block 305.

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