Light oil discovery made offshore Côte d'Ivoire

Eirik_Raude_rigThe Eirik Raude semi-submersible rig was used to drill the Paon-1X exploration well in the CI-103 licence offshore Côte d'Ivoire. (Image source: Tullow Oil)Tullow Oil and Anadarko Petroleum Corporation have announced the discovery of light oil at the Paon-1X exploration well in the CI-103 licence offshore Côte d'Ivoire

According to the partners, the well encountered more than 31 metres of net oil pay in a gross interval of 74 metres of turbidite sands.

“The Paon well marks the first deepwater discovery in the CI-103 block offshore Côte d'Ivoire and opens up an entirely new play for the country and our partnership,” said Anadarko senior vice president – worldwide exploration Bob Daniels.

“This discovery confirms the Upper Cretaceous fan system present in Ghana extends westward into Côte d'Ivoire and provides significant running room within the CI-103 block.”

The well was drilled by the Eirik Raude semi-submersible rig to a final depth of 5,090 metres in water depths of 2,193 metres.

The partnership has said it now planned to suspend Paon-1X, the first deepwater exploration well drilled in the CI-103 licence well, for possible future use in appraisal and development operations.

Tullow exploration director Angus McCoss remarked, “The discovery of light oil in our first well in CI-103 extends the proven play for oil westwards from our successes in Ghana and is encouraging for our future exploration efforts elsewhere in this licence.

“We look forward to further drilling in CI-103 during 2013.”

Operator Tullow holds a 45 per cent working interest in the CI-103 block, with Anadarko holding a 40 per cent working interest and Société Nationale d'Opérations Pétrolières de Côte d'Ivoire (Petroci) holding the remaining 15 per cent.

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