Oryx Petroleum discovers oil and gas offshore Congo-Brazzaville

offshore congo-jim sneddon flickrOryx Petroleum has a 20 per cent participating and working interest in the area. (Image source: Jim Sneddon/Flickr)Oryx Petroleum has announced that oil and natural gas has been discovered at its Elephant Prospect offshore Congo-Brazzaville

The exploration well targeting the Elephant Prospect in the Haute Mer A licence area will be tested in early 2014 as part of the multi-well drilling and testing programme.

Oryx Petroleum has a 20 per cent participating and working interest in the area.

The E-1 wildcat drilled by drillship Jasper Explorer, to a total depth of nearly 2,500 metres in a water depth of 550 metres at the prospect, encountered gross pay zones of 102 metres and 46 metres for natural gas and oil, respectively, across two intervals — N3 and N5.

Initial analysis of well samples indicates crude of 18º API gravity, with reservoir and oil quality better than pre-drill expectations.

The Canadian oil and gas company said that it intends to test the discovery next year as part of a multi-well drilling campaign.

Henry Legarre, chief operating officer of Oryx Petroleum, said, “Overall the results are consistent with expectations. Reservoir quality, crude quality and viscosity appear to be better than originally anticipated while the areal extent of the reservoir appears to be slightly smaller than expected. We look forward to working with our partners to test and potentially appraise the Elephant discovery.

“Although subject to testing, the discovery gives us confidence that there is further upside potential and opportunity to expand the prospect inventory in the license area.”

The drillship, which has been contracted for a two-plus-one well drilling effort, is likely to be mobilised to drill the H-1 probe at the Horse prospect in the western part of the licence, with the explorer expecting it to reach total depth of 5,462 metres in late 2013, the company said.

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