Anadarko finds oil in West Africa
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation has announced another appraisal well in the West Cape Three Points Block offshore Ghana. The Mahogany-4 well, which is the eastern-most appraisal of the Jubilee field, encountered more than 140 net feet of predominately oil pay in high-quality, stacked reservoir sands. The well is located approximately 5 miles east of the original Mahogany-1 discovery well and about 2.5 miles northeast of the Mahogany-3 appraisal and Mahogany Deep discovery well.
“The encouraging results of the Mahogany-4 appraisal well build upon our successful delineation program that continues to extend the potentially productive area of the Jubilee field beyond the existing unit boundaries,” said Bob Daniels, Anadarko Sr. Vice President, Worldwide Exploration. “The well intersected the main Jubilee reservoir and also encountered new deeper oil sands that the partnership plans to evaluate through future exploration and drilling activity.”
Reservoir fluid samples recovered from the well indicate an oil gravity of approximately 35 degrees API. The well was drilled to a total depth of about 12,000 feet in approximately 3,540 feet of water by the “Atwood Hunter” semi-submersible drilling rig. Once the rig completes operations at Mahogany-4, it will move to drill a development well in the Jubilee field, followed by appraisal wells to delineate the nearby Odum and Tweneboa discoveries. The partnership also recently spud the Mahogany Deep-2 well in the West Cape Three Points Block. This well is an appraisal of the Mahogany Deep discovery announced earlier in 2009, as well as a test of the Jubilee field’s southern extent.
The company now needs to mobilize the Belford Dolphin drillship to Mozambique to begin its drilling program obligation with the Windjammer prospect. Anadarko holds a 42-percent working interest and is the operator. Windjammer will be the first deepwater exploration well to be drilled offshore Mozambique.