Ophir Energy discovers gas offshore Equatorial Guinea

LNG-GasSources said that the drillship has moved to complete the Fortuna-2 appraisal well, where Ophir Energy will conduct the first flow test in Block R. (Image source: Jennifer Cowley/Flickr)Ophir Energy said it has discovered gas at the Silenus East-1 well in Equatorial Guinea’s offshore Block R

The company said that the Silenus East-1 well is estimated to hold around 405bn cu/m of gas, adding total gas resource at its Block R to 3.4 trillion cu/m.

With this discovery, Ophir Energy can expand its floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project to three million tonnes per year, stated Reuters. 

Silenus East-1 well was drilled by the Vantage Drilling within the thrust belt area of Block R and a 67 metre gas column was encountered in the initial drill, said company sources.

The Silenus East-1 was deepened to test a secondary high risk oil target, but was encountered with reservoirs containing water-wet quality of oil, they added.

Nick Cooper, CEO of Ophir Energy, said, “The Silenus East-1 well result has confirmed sufficient incremental volumes for Ophir Energy to be able to expand the Block R FLNG project from a 2.5 mtpa to a 3.0 mtpa project.

The first gas is expected to flow from Silenus East-1 well in early 2019. The date will be confirmed once Ophir Energy has announced its partnerships for the project in Q4.”

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