Ophir Energy commences drilling offshore Gabon

drill lc nottaasen flickrPadouck Deep-1 is the first well targeting the pre-salt play offshore in the North Gabon basin. (Image source: LC Nottaassen/Flickr)Ophir Energy plc has announced that drilling operations have begun on the Padouck Deep-1 well on the Ntsina Block, offshore Gabon

Padouck Deep-1 is the first well targeting the pre-salt play offshore in the North Gabon basin, although the play is regionally extensive elsewhere in Gabon and West Africa. The prospect is estimated to contain Pmean recoverable resources of c.1.0 billion barrels of reserve (bnbbls) with significant follow-on potential.

The well is located in a water depth of approximately 835 metres and has a planned total depth of 3,500 metres true vertical depth sub-sea. Operations are expected to take approximately 45 days. Ophir's share of the well cost is largely carried by partners Petrobras and OMV. The vantage titanium explorer drillship will be utilised for the process.

Nick Cooper, CEO of Ophir Energy, said, "The Padouck Deep-1 well is the first of three potentially transformational wells being drilled back to back by Ophir in Gabon targeting substantial oil resources. Padouck Deep is one of two pre-salt wells that will be drilled in the current campaign where the total play potential is estimated at c.4.0bnbbls from currently defined leads and prospects."

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