ExxonMobil Makes Caspian Discovery
ExxonMobil has participated in a new oil discovery in the Kazakhstan sector of the Caspian Sea. The discovery is located in the Kalamkas structural feature, around 50 miles southwest of the Kashagan East #1 discovery.
The Kalamkas-1 discovery well was spudded in August 2002 by the Trident 20 jackup. The well was drilled in 28 feet (8 meters) of water to a total depth of 7740 feet (2360 meters) and encountered an oil-bearing reservoir that flowed at a test rate of 2300 barrels of oil per day. Data analysis and additional studies are being conducted to fully evaluate this discovery.
In addition to ExxonMobil (16.67%), other companies involved in developing the North Caspian Sea PSA, which covers almost 1.4 million gross acres, are Eni (subsidiary Agip KCO is the operator - 16.67%), BG (16.67%), Inpex (8.33%), ConocoPhillips (Phillips Petroleum) (8.33%), Shell (16.67%), and TotalFinaElf (16.67%). ExxonMobil affiliates in Kazakhstan also hold a 25% interest in the giant Tengiz oil field and a 7.5% interest in the Caspian Pipeline Consortium.