Perenco Drills 'Encouraging' Well Offshore Gabon

Tullow Oil reported that the Sputnik-1 well, drilled offshore Gabon by its partner Perenco, has produced an "encouraging result" despite failing to find commercial hydrocarbons.

The well, which was targeting a pre-salt structure in Gabon's offshore Arouwe block, encountered hydrocarbon pay in up to 985 feet of sandstone reservoir but this pay was deemed non-commercial.

However, Tullow Exploration Director Angus McCoss commented in a company statement:

"This is an encouraging result from the pre-salt play, offshore Gabon. Having found a petroleum system, we will now take the data from this well and integrate it with our seismic data to discuss with partners our next steps for the license."

Tullow has a 35-percent interest in the Arouwe block, while partners Perenco and ExxonMobil hold 35 percent and 30 percent respectively.

The Vantage Tungsten Explorer (DW drillship) was used to drill Sputnik-1 to a final depth of approximately 15,970 feet in water depths of 3,355 feet.


Generated by readers, the comments included herein do not reflect the views and opinions of Rigzone. All comments are subject to editorial review. Off-topic, inappropriate or insulting comments will be removed.