Total and Apache Corporation have discovered a new oil well offshore Suriname in South America, the company said in a statement on Thursday.
“We are excited, as new operator of the block, to start the appraisal operations designed to characterize the 2020 discoveries, while in parallel start a second exploration campaign on this prolific block in 2021,” Kevin McLachlan, Total's senior vice president, was quoted as saying in the statement.
The new find at the Keskesi East-1 well, in Block 58 follows previous discoveries at Maka Central, Sapakara West and Kwaskwas, the company said.
“The well was drilled by a water depth of about 725 meters and encountered a total of 63 meters net pay of hydrocarbons, comprised of 58 meters net black oil, volatile oil, and gas pay in good quality Campano-Maastrichtian reservoirs, along with 5 meters of net volatile oil pay in Santonian reservoirs, where wireline logging has just been performed,” Total said, adding that the drilling is still ongoing.
Total assumed operatorship of Block 58 on Jan. 1 with a 50% working interest.
The company said upon completion of the operations on Keskesi East-1, the Noble Sam Croft drillship would be released from its operations.
By Sibel Morrow