Bowleven gets to work on Sapele-1

LONDON LISTED BOWLEVEN has started drilling a sidetrack to its Sapele-1 well in the Douala basin, offshore Cameroon.

The drilling, which started with Noble jack-up rig Tommy Craighead, will formally appraise the Deep Omicron oil discovery encountered in the Sapele-1 exploration well. Drilling of the well was forced to quit earlier this month due to an unexpected gas kick.

The probe in Block MLHP-5 of the Etinde permit reached a total depth of 4733 metres but high pressure gas in the Cretaceous zone was too much for the jack-up to handle safely so the bottom-hole section was cemented.

The sidetrack will be drilled to about 3682 metres, or 4761 metres in measured depth, from about 2 km south-east from the discovery in the original vertical well.

Bowleven also said it would spud the Sapele-2 well soon, after contracting jack-up rig Vantage Sapphire.

The company said it would release its interim results for the six months to 31 December 2010 on 28 March.

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