Fourth Oil Discovery for Total Offshore Republic of the Congo

The French company Total has hit oil for the fourth time in the offshore block of Mer Tres Profonde Sud offshore Republic of the Congo. Found in ultra-deepwater at a depth of 2,000 meters, the new discovery is located about 170 kilometers offshore and is the fourth significant find in this block for the company since its award in May 1997.

Drilled to a total depth of 3,330 meters, the new Cassiopee Est Marine-1 discovery well has been tested at 5,600 barrels of oil a day. Together with Andromede in 2000, Pegase Nord in 2004 and Aurige Nord last year, the discovery bolsters Total’s investment in the ultra-deepwater permit.

Consisting of more than 5,000 square kilometers, the Mer Tres Profonde Sud block’s water depths range from 1,300 to 3,000 meters. Other partners in the block are Eni Congo and Esso Exploration and Production Congo (Mer Tres Profonde Sud) Limited.

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