'98 Showed Some Major Successes

World Discoveries Keep Pace

In the face of a price slide that began in January 1997, oil finders continued to stick to business in 1998, making major discoveries in all corners of the earth.

Good job.

Now, will the economics allow these new discoveries to be developed and produced?

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In the face of a price slide that began in January 1997, oil finders continued to stick to business in 1998, making major discoveries in all corners of the earth.

Good job.

Now, will the economics allow these new discoveries to be developed and produced?

The answer is undoubtedly "yes."

More elusive is the answer to the question: "When?"

All are hoping the answer to that one will be "Sooner rather than later."

A major step toward that goal is beginning to be taken by countries that are taking another look at their tax regimes and contract terms. Those exploration-friendly actions taken today will reap big benefits when energy prices shake off the late í90s doldrums.

The 15 countries exhibiting at the International Pavilion at the AAPG international conference in Rio and the 40 countries exhibiting at the AAPG annual meeting in Salt Lake City indicate there are indeed those who see great opportunities beyond the economic clouds of today.

Meanwhile, there was a lot to cheer about the past year.

Listed in this story are selected major discoveries of 1998, as compiled by Petroconsultants.

The list includes operator, well name, basin and production reports.


Northern Africa

Algeria

  • Anadarko, El Merk Nord 1, Ghadames, oil & gas, 21,395 bopd (Triassic TAGI res.).
  • BHP, Sif Fatima NE 1, Berkine, oil, 7,520 bopd in TAGI.
  • BHP, Bir Sif Fatima 1, Ghadames, oil, 1,960 bopd in TAGI.
  • LL&E, Menzel Lejment SE 1, Berkine, oil, gas & condensate, 14,638 bpd oil & gas, with 107 mmcfd.
  • LL&E, Menzel Lejment West 1, Berkine, oil & gas, 1,545 bopd & 3,304 mcfd in Devonian.
  • Petrocan, Timellouline South 1, Illizi, gas & condensate, aggr. 117 mmcfd & 5,280 bcpd.
  • Sonatrach, Tihalatine 1bis, Atchan Uplift, oil & gas, 1,024 bopd & 763 mcfd in Devonian F4 rates not released.
  • NESTE, In Amedjene Nord, Berkine, oil, gas & condensate, aggr., 6,659 bopd (oil & condensate) & 43 mmcfd.

Egypt

  • AGIBA, Nada 2, Boushan, oil & gas, Khatatba & Alam el Bueib formations.
  • Apache, WD East 19-1, Gindi, oil, Upper & Lower.
  • Apache, Qarun NB-2, Gindi, oil, Bahariya Formation (sands).
  • BG, Scarab 1, Nile Delta, gas, 17,400 mcfd in U Pliocene El Wastani Formation.
  • GUPCO, October North 159-65T1, Gulf of Suez, oil, the Pliocene (Kafr El Sheikh).
  • Khalda, Qamar-2, N. Egypt, gas & condensate, aggr. 26.8 mmcfd & 3,891 bcpd in Khatatloa Sandstones.
  • Pennzoil, Ashrafi South 1, Gulf of Suez, oil & gas, oil & gas from Kareem Formation.
  • Marathon, Abu Monkar Kabeer 1, Nile Delta, gas, 21,000 mcfd in Kafr el Sheikh Formation.
  • Pennzoil, July North 1, Gulf of Suez, oil & gas, Sheikh Formation.
  • Petrobel, Port Fouad Marine SW 1, Nile Delta, gas, assumed gas from Waker sands.
  • Repsol, Alamein North 1, N. Egypt, oil, 8,277 bopd & 4,000 mcfd.
  • Rudoco, Gharib South SG 310-4, Gulf of Suez, oil, from Miocene N Rudeis Formation.

Libya

  • IPL, B-1-NC177, Tumayn (Sirte), oil & gas, aggr. 6,517 bopd & 10 mmcfd.
  • IPL, J-1-85, Haleigh High, oil & gas, 2,203 bopd, 1,780 mcfd.
  • Lasmo, F-3-NC174, Murzuk, oil, 8,400 bopd, in Memouniat Formation.
  • Sirte, F-1-NC151, Atchan saddle, gas, aggr. 23 mmcfd (four tests).
  • Veba DP, TTTT-1-11, Tagrigiet trough, oil, oil in Kalash Formation.
  • Waha, 6H-1-59, Sirte, oil & gas, 642 bopd, 27 mcfd.

Senegal

  • Tullow, NíDoyene 1, Senegal, gas, 6.34 mmcfd (cl sand of Masstrichtiar.
  • Tullow, Wayambam, Senegal, gas, rumored 12,000 mcfd.

Sudan

  • GNPOC, Khairat 1, muglad, oil, 15,000 bopd from Bentiu 1 Unit.
  • GNPOC, El Nar South 1, Muglad, oil, 2,323 bopd Bentiu Formation.

Tunisia

  • AGIP, Baraka, Pelagian, oil & gas, up to 4,353 bopd and 4,480 mcfd
  • AGIP, Hammouda, Ghadames, oil, assumed oil.

Central and Southern Africa

Angola

  • Gulf, D-14-7, Congo Fan-L., Congo Deep, oil, aggr. 299 bopd in Upper Miocene.
  • Gulf, D-14-10, Congo Fan-L., Congo Deep, oil, 10,000 bopd.
  • Gulf, D-14-9, Congo Fan-L., Congo Deep, oil, aggr. 20,000 bopd.
  • Gulf, 106-3, Lower Congo, oil, oil tested.
  • Gulf, 79-2, Lower Congo, oil, oil in Pinda Formation (not tested).
  • Gulf, 58-7X, Lower Congo, oil & gas, 2,488 bopd from Pinda FORMATION & 1,414 bopd from Vermeltra Formation.
  • Gulf, 120-10, Lower Congo, oil, 754 bopd, in Toca Formation.
  • Gulf, 129-3, Lower Congo, oil, up to 2,411 bopd in Pinda reservoir.
  • Elf, Lirio 1, Conpotan-L. Congo, oil, 11,000 bopd.
  • Elf, Rosa 1, Congo Fan, oil, 12,000, bopd.
  • Esso, Hungo 1, Congo Fan-L., oil, Malembo reservoir.
  • Esso, Kissanje, Lower Congo, oil, 4,489 bopd.
  • Esso, Marimba 1, Lower Congo, oil, aggr. 6,800 bopd.
  • Esso, Dikanza 1, Lower Congo, oil, 4,400 bopd.

Congo

  • AGIP, Foukanda Marine-1, Lower Congo, oil, 3,414 bopd in Sendji Formation.
  • Elf, Bilondo Marine 1, Lower Congo, oil, Tertiary discovery.

Gabon

  • Marathon, Orovinyare East 1, Gabon Coastal, oil, Batanga reservoir.
  • Vaalco, Etame 1, Lower Congo, oil, 3,500 bopd in Gamba Formation.

Nigeria

  • Dupont, Chota 1, Niger Delta, oil, assumed oil

Europe

Bulgaria

  • PDNG, Selanovtsi 9, Moesian, oil, 214 bopd.

Czech Republic

  • MND, Krumvir 2, Carp. Flysch, oil & gas, 750 bopd & gas.

Hungary

  • MOL, Szocsenypuszta 1, Pannonian, oil, 88 bopd.

Netherlands

  • Clyde, Q/4-8, Anglo-Dutch, gas, 27,000 mcfd.
  • Elf PTR, K/5-10, Anglo-Dutch, gas, 25,600 mcfd.

Norway

  • Norsk Hydro, 24/6-2, Viking Trough, oil, gas & condensate, 2,083 mcfd & 3,774 bopd.
  • BP Norge, 6305/7-1, More Basin, gas & condensate, 33 mmcfd & 365 bcpd.
  • Amoco, 6507/5-1, Voring Basin, oil & gas, 11 mbopd & 39 mmcfd.

Poland

  • PGNG, Lubliniec 4, Lublin Trough, gas, 7,171 mcfd.
  • PGNG, Ostrow Kaliski 2, Fore-Sud., gas, 1,729 mcfd.

Romania

  • Romgaz, Felicieni 2, Transylvanian, gas, 1,425 mcfd.

Spain

  • Locs, Santa Clara 1, Guadalquivir, gas, 5,474 mcfd.

United Kingdom

  • Arco, 14/26a-6, Moray Firth, gas & condensate, 40,000 mcfd.
  • Shell, 21/12-3, Central Graben, oil, 8,200 bopd.
  • Amerada, 20/4b-6, Moray Firth, gas & condensate, 41.5 mmcfd & 2 mbcpd.
  • Candecca, Keddington 1, Anglo-Dutch, oil, 200 bopd.

Yugoslavia

  • NIS Nafta, Kikinda Donje 1, Pannonian, gas & condensate, 446 mcfd & 7 bcpd.
  • MIS Nafta, Rusanda Plitko 1, Pannonian, gas, 1,433 mcfd.

Far East

Bangladesh

  • Occidental, Bibiyana 1, Surma, gas & condensate, aggr. 65,000 mcfd & 346 bcpd.

China

  • CNPC Tarim, Lungu (Ta) 1, Tarim, oil & gas, 2,284 bopd & 4,866 mcfd.
  • CNPC Tarim, Kela (Ta) 3, Kuqa Dpr., gas, 12,360, mcfd.
  • CNPC Xink., Mobei (Ju) 2, Central Dpr., gas & condensate, 1,740 mcfd & 214 bcpd.
  • CNPC Xinjg, Shaqui (Ju) 5, Beitianshan Dpr., oil & gas, 352 bopd & 10 mcfd.
  • CNPC Tarim, Hade (Ta) 1, North Tarim Dpr., oil, aggr. 730 bopd.
  • CNPC Tarim, Ma (Ta) 2, Central Tarim, gas, appr. 7,457 mcfd.
  • Santa Fe, Panyu 4-2 1, Pearl River, oil, aggr. 6,400 bopd.
  • CNPC Dagang, Tang (Bo) 29-1, Bohai Wan, oil, 188 bopd.
  • SPEC Zhong, Pushen (Bo) 7, Bohai Wan, oil, 745 bopd.
  • CNPC Liaoh, Kai (Bo) 38, Lower Liaohe Dpr., oil & gas, 1,000 bopd & 848 mcfd.
  • CNSPC, Eshen (Ji) 4, Jianghan, oil, 44 bopd.
  • CNPD Huab, Wen (Bo) 120, Bohai Wan, oil, 126 bopd.
  • CNPC Tarim, Kela (Ta) 2, Kuqa Dpr., gas, up to 25,426 mcfd.

India

  • ONGC, Jharia A, Damodar Graben, gas, 70 mcfd (CBM).
  • Oil India, Bhogpara 1, Assam Shelf, oil, 314 bopd.
  • Oil India, Sapekati 1, Assam Shelf, oil, 157 bopd.
  • ONGC, B-34 1, Bombay, gas & condensate, 2,778 mcfd & 100 bcpd.
  • ONGC, Kali 1, Cauvery, gas & condensate, 883 mcfd & 94 bcpd.
  • ONGC, Gakaranapuram 1, Krishna-Godavari, gas & condensate, 1,957 mcfd & 60 bcpd.
  • Oil India, Balijan North 1, Assam Shelf, oil, 320 bopd.
  • Oil India, Hapjan 28, Assam Shelf, oil, 65 bopd.
  • Oil India, Kathaloni South 1, Assam Shelf, oil, 550 bopd.
  • ONGC, Kesavadasapalem 1, Krishna-Godavari, gas, aggr. 10,194 mcfd.

Indonesia

  • Premier, Pelikan 1, Malay, gas, aggr. 43,000 mcfd.
  • Caltex, Dalu Dalu FW 1, Central Sumatra, oil, 260 to 360 bopd.
  • Pertamina, Tepus 1, South Sumatra, oil, gas & condensate, aggr. 6,169 bopd 52,630 mcfd & 1,615 bcpd.
  • Pertimina, Bunian 1, South Palembang, oil & gas, 1,600 bopd & 1,240 mcfd.
  • Santa Fe, Betara Utara 1, South Sumatra, oil, gas & condensate, aggr. 1,840 bopd, 7,756 mcfd, 114 bcpd.
  • Pertamina, Amuk 1, Salawati, oil, 1,667 bopd.
  • Pertamina, Karang Anyar 1, Cepu, gas, 1,550 mcfd.
  • Gulf, Rebonjara Dalam1, South Sumatra, gas, 6,200 mcfd.
  • Caltex, Kirana 1, Central Sumatra, oil, aggr. 4,391 bopd.
  • Unocal, Seno Barat 2, Kutei, oil & gas, aggr. 12,969 bopd, 12,600 mcfd.

Malaysia

  • IPC, Bunga Pakma N 1, Malay, gas & condensate, aggr. 111,000 mcfd & 2,036 bcpd.

New Zealand

  • Westech, Kahauroa 1, East Coast Fold, gas, 11,500 mcfd.
  • Westech, Awatere 1, East Coast Fold, gas, 3,100 mcfd.

Pakistan

  • OGDC, Tando Allah Yar 1, Indus, gas & condensate, aggr. 16,100 mcfd. & 380 bcpd.
  • OMV, Sawan 1, Indus, gas, 58,000 mcfd.
  • PPL, Hamza 1, Indus, gas, aggr. 6,920 mcfd.
  • OGDC, Jakhro 1, Indus, gas & condensate, 10,950 mcfd & 510 bcpd.
  • Union Texas, Dabhi North 1, Indus, oil, 2,640 bopd.
  • BHP, Zamzama 1, Indus, gas & condensate, aggr. 46,600 mcfd & 177 BCPD.
  • OGDC, Misan 1, Indus, oil & gas, 720 bopd, & 120 mcfd.
  • Premier, Zarghun South 1, Kirthar Axial Belt, gas, 24,9000 mcfd.

South Korea

  • Pedco, Gorae 5, Tsushima, gas & condensate, 75,000 mcfd & 1,546 bcpd.

Taiwan

  • CPC, Paishatun 8, Xinzhu Dpr., gas & condensate, 10,133 mcfd & 223 bcpd.

Thailand

  • Caim, Si That 2, Phu Phan Uplift, gas, 1,250 mcfd.

Latin America

Argentina

  • Per Comp, Barda Las Vegas 1, Austral, gas & condensate, 22,955 mcfd & 346 bcpd.
  • PASJ, Loma Negra Sur 1, Neuquen Embaym., oil, 1,572 bopd.
  • Per Comp, Maria Inew Oeste 1, Austral, oil, 2,705 bopd & 620 mcfd.
  • YPF, La Bifurcada 1, Huincul Uplift, oil, 135 bopd.
  • YPF, Barda Esteban 3, Northeast Platform, oil, 75 bopd & 2,426 mcfd.
  • Per Comp, Rio Neuquen 1007, Neuquen Embaym., gas, 8,100 mcfd.
  • Astra, El Zaino 1001, Malarque-Agrio F.B., oil, up to 960 bopd.
  • SF EN, Cerro Hamaca Norte 2, Northeast Platform, oil, 317 bopd.
  • Per Comp, La Esperanza Oeste 1, Austral, oil, up to 85 bopd.
  • Pioneer, Huincul Norte 1, Huincul Uplift, oil, up to 324 bopd.
  • YPF, Canadon Perdido 493, San Jorge, oil, 78 bopd.
  • Pan Am, Nacientes Rio Moneta 1, Austral, oil, gas & condensate, testing.
  • YPF, Canadon Leon Oriental 1, San Jorge, oil, up to 399 bopd.
  • YPF, Escalante Oeste 1, San Jorge, oil, up to 289 bopd.

Bolivia

  • Per Comp, Caranda X-1003, Chaco Foothill Belt, gas, 8,900 mcfd.
  • Vintage, Supuati X-1ST1, Chaco Foothill Belt, oil & gas, 1,083 bopd & 1,400 mcfd.
  • Colombia

  • Harken, Catalina 1, Middle Magdalena, oil & gas, up to 7,073 bopd & 11,500 mcfd.
  • Harken, Olivo 1, Middle Magdalena, oil, up to 10,800 bopd.
  • RAM, Airu 1, Putumayo, oil, 540 bopd.
  • BP, Cupiagua EXP, Llanos Foothills, oil, 15,000 bopd.

Cuba

  • CUPET, El Brujo 1, Cantral Cubam, oil, 150 bopd.

Ecuador

  • City, Anne 1, Napo, oil, 1,000 bopd.
  • Oryx, Yuralpa Centro 1, Napo, oil, 2,348 bopd.
  • City, Mariann 4A, Napo, oil, up to 2,226 bopd.
  • City, Tipishca 1, napo, oil, up to 2,322 bopd.
  • Pet SF, Rubi 1, Napo, oil, 900 bopd.

Peru

  • Quintana, Tanguintza, Santiago, gas & condensate, 4,000 mcfd & 350 bcpd (non-commercial).
  • Barrett, Dorado 1X, Maranon, oil, up to 1,000 bopd.
  • Barrett, Pirana 1X, Maranon, oil, 1,200 bopd.
  • Barrett, Paiche 1X, Maranon, oil & gas, & up to 9,000 mcfd.

Trinidad and Tobago

  • EGOT, Omega 2, Colombus, gas & condensate, 32,000 mcfd & 875 bcpd.
  • BG, Dolphin Deep 1, Colombus, gas & condensate, 36,000 mcfd & 430 bcpd.

Venezuela

  • Astra, Tacata 12E, Maturin, oil & gas, 7,341 bopd.
  • Astra, La Vieja 31E, Maturin, oil, 98 bopd.
  • Maraven, Ceuta 3824X, Maracaibo, oil, up to 121 bopd.
  • Tecpet, Socuavo 1X, Maracaibo, oil, 6,000 bopd.
  • Mobil, La Ceiba 3X, Maracaibo, oil, 1,855 bopd.
  • Per Comp, Oritupano 166E, Maturin, oil, 2,200 bopd.
  • Lagoven, Orocual 66X, Serrania, oil, up to 1,731 bopd, 14,601 mcfd.
  • Total, Cotoperi 2X, Serrania Int. O.B., oil, 7,650 bopd.

Middle East

Israel

  • ISRAMCO, Gevim 1, Heletz Sub-basin, gas, non-commercial gas.

Saudi Arabia

  • Aramco, Al Wadhidi, Arabian Arch, gas, 16,700 mcfd.
  • Aramco, Sham'ah, Arabian Arch, gas, 6,800 mcfd.
  • Clyde, Tasour 1, Sir-Sayun, oil, 3,250 bopd.

Neutral Zone

  • Texaco, Humma 4, Naleh trend, oil & gas, 3,400 bopd (& gas).
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