Bowleven flows oil off Cameroon

West Africa-focused explorer Bowleven has flowed light oil from the Sapele-1ST appraisal well during testing in the Douala basin, off Cameroon

Bowleven said drill stem testing was carried out over a 71 m perforated interval and the well flowed at an average rate of 2023 barrels of oil per day and 6.5mn cubic feet of gas per day.

It added that the well produced a high quality light oil of 39.2 degree API and the gas-oil ratio was comparable to that found at the original Sapele-1 well.

Chief executive Kevin Hart said the company believed the flow rates produced at Sapel-1ST to be commercial.



“These are highly encouraging, particularly so given that better sand development was encountered in the original Sapele-1 well at the equivalent level, with good indications of comparability between the two,” he said.

“Whilst further appraisal is required to fully understand the resource potential, we are encouraged by the result and the likelihood of a commercial development at Sapele given the shallow water depths.”

Sapele-1ST was drilled to appraise the Deep Omicron oil discovery encountered in the Sapele-1 exploration well and wireline logs showed the well encountered about 10 m of net pay within the Deep Omicron interval.

Sapele-1ST lies in water depths of 25 m about two kilometres to the south-east of the Deep Omicron oil discovery made in the Sapele-1 well.

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