Total has eleventh oil discovery off Angola

Uchenna Izundu
International Editor

LONDON, Aug. 7 -- Operator Total E&P Angola and Sonangol have tested 2,130 b/d of oil through a 32/64-in. choke from the Colorau-1 exploration well on deepwater Block 32 off Angola. The find is in the northeastern part of the block, about 16 km northeast of Manjericao, a 2006 discovery, Total said.

The well, the eleventh exploration well on the block, was drilled in 1,700 m of water and hit Upper Oligocene oil-bearing reservoirs.

The partners are carrying out technical studies to fully evaluate the drilling results, and they plan to carry out extra drilling across the acreage. The consortium wants to assess the feasibility of a first development zone in the eastern part of the block. Studies will evaluate the development potential of the other 10 discoveries made on the block since 2003, all of which indicate its major potential. In May Total and its partners reported the last two oil discoveries on the block (OGJ Online, May 21, 2007).

Total holds a 30% interest in the block, and Sonangol is the concessionaire. Other partners in Block 32 are Marathon Oil Co. 30%, Sonangol EP 20%, Esso Exploration & Production Angola (Overseas) Ltd. 15%, and Petrogal 5%.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

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