Foxtrot wildcat tests gas off Ivory Coast

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Dec. 20 -- Foxtrot International LDC, Abidjan, has tested natural gas from a 20-m perforated interval on the 930 sq km Block CI-27 in 400 m of water off Ivory Coast.

The Mahi-1 exploration well encountered a 135-m hydrocarbon column. It flowed at rates of 32 MMcfd of natural gas and 250 b/d of condensate through a 1-in. choke. The well was drilled by the Global Santa Fe Aleutian Key semisubmersible.

Mahi-1 is 5 km south of the offshore Foxtrot gas field, which produces about 80 MMcfd. Block CI-27 also contains Manta gas field, for which an application for development has been submitted. The block, operated by Foxtrot, has an estimated 300 bcf of reserves.

Partners in the block include state-owned Petroci, 40%; SECI, 24%; Energie de Cote d'Ivoire (Enerci), a joint venture of Gaz de France and EDF Group, 12%; and Foxtrot, operator, 24%.

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