BP Makes Ninth Deepwater Oil Discovery Offshore Angola

Sociedade Nacional de Combustíveis de Angola (Sonangol) and BP have made an oil discovery in ultra-deepwater Block 31, offshore Angola with the Hebe-1 well. Hebe-1 is the ninth successful discovery BP has drilled in Block 31, following Plutão, Saturno, Marte, Venus, Palas, Ceres, Juno and Astraea. The well is located 16 kilometers Southwest of the Ceres discovery announced earlier in the year.

Hebe-1 was drilled by GlobalSantaFe's Jack Ryan drillship, in a water depth of 2,008 meters, some 361 kilometers northwest of Luanda, and reached a total depth of 4,823 meters below sea level.

The well was tested at a maximum rate of 5,956 barrels of oil a day (b/d) through a 2 inch choke.

BP is currently evaluating development concepts in the southeastern region of the block.

Sonangol is the concessionaire of Block 31. BP as operator holds 26.67 percent. Partners in Block 31 are Esso Exploration and Production Angola (Block 31) Limited (25 percent), Sonangol E.P. (20 per cent), Statoil Angola A.S. (13.33 percent), Marathon International Petroleum Angola Block 31 Limited (10 percent) and TEPA (BLOCK 31), LIMITED, (a subsidiary of the Total Group) with 5 percent.

Operatorship of Block 31 was awarded to BP Exploration (Angola) Limited in May 1999. The Block covers an area of 5,349 square kilometers and lies in water depths of between 1,500 and 2,500 meters.

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