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20 Feb 19
Turkey: Valeura announces commencement of drilling at the Devepinar-1 appraisal well and Inanli-1 completion programme
Valeura Energy, the upstream natural gas producer focused on appraising and developing an unconventional gas accumulation in the Thrace Basin of Turkey, has announced the commencement of drilling operations at the Devepinar-1 appraisal well and an update on the completion programme for the Inanli-1 well.
20 Feb 19
Guyana: Eco (Atlantic) contracts the Stena Forth drillship to drill Orinduik Block offshore Guyana
Eco (Atlantic) Oil and Gas, along with its partners in the Orinduik Block, offshore Guyana, Total and Tullow Oil (Operator), has announced that it has contracted a rig, the Stena Forth, to drill the Jethro-Lobe prospect on the Orinduik Block offshore Guyana.
19 Feb 19
Indonesia: Repsol makes largest gas discovery in Indonesia in the past 18 years
Repsol and partners PETRONAS and MOECO have made the largest gas find in Indonesia in 18 years. The discovery is also among the ten largest finds worldwide in the last 12 months. The KBD-2X well in the Sakakemang block in South Sumatra provides preliminary estimation of at least 2 TCF of recoverable resources.
19 Feb 19
UK: ‘Phantom’ volcanoes discovery signals new hope for North Sea oil and gas exploration
Geologists at the University of Aberdeen have discovered a huge swathe of the North Sea left unexplored for oil and gas because of so-called ‘phantom’ volcanoes they have proven don’t exist.
19 Feb 19
Norway: Faroe Petroleum concludes drilling of Brasse appraisal wells 31/7-3 S and 31/7-3 A
Faroe Petroleum Norge, operator of PL 740, has concluded the drilling of Brasse appraisal wells 31/7-3 S and 31/7-3 A. The 31/7-1 (Brasse) discovery was proven in Upper Jurassic reservoir rocks (the Sognefjord formation) in 2016.
19 Feb 19
Australia: Equinor releases draft Environment Plan for the drilling program in permit EPP 39 in the Great Australian Bight
Equinor has released its draft Environment Plan (EP) for the proposed Stromlo-1 exploration drilling program in permit EPP 39 in the Great Australian Bight for public comment.
18 Feb 19
Norway: Wintershall's 6706/6-2 S well completed as a dry hole
The NPD reports that Wintershall Norge has completed drilling of well 6706/6-2 S in PL 847 in the Norwegian Sea. The well, which was drilled about 60 kims north of the Aasta Hansteen field, has been completed as a dry hole.
18 Feb 19
Morocco: Sound Energy announces net pay upgrade and volume estimates for TE-10 well in the Greater Tendrara permit
Sound Energy has provided an update on the TE-10 well, the second well in Sound Energy's current three well exploration programme in the Greater Tendrara area, onshore Morocco. Post drill technical analysis has materially upgraded net pay and provided confirmation of the multi Tcf potential of the well.
18 Feb 19
Ireland: Providence and partners licence new 3D seismic data over Avalon prospect, offshore Ireland
Providence Resources reports that the JV partners in FEL 2/19 have licensed c. 1,500 km2 of multi-client 3D (MC3D) seismic data which forms part of the larger Crean 3D seismic survey, acquired by TGS in 2017. The data should significantly improve the delineation of the Avalon prospect, together with facilitating any drill-decision on the prospect.
18 Feb 19
US: 88 Energy spuds Winx-1 well, North Slope of Alaska
88 Energy has advised that the Winx-1 well, North Slope of Alaska, spudded on schedule on Feb 15. Winx-1 is located around 4 miles east of the Horseshoe-1/1A well that significantly extended the highly successful Nanushuk play fairway to the south. Winx-1 will target a gross best estimate prospective oil resource of 400 million barrels of oil.

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