Total makes oil find off Congo (Brazzaville)

Uchenna Izundu
International Editor

LONDON, Dec. 2 -- Total SA tested 3,000 b/d of 18° gravity oil from its Moho Marine Nord-3 appraisal well, which was drilled 80 km off Congo (Brazzaville).

Total said the oil well produced from a 60 m column of good-quality Upper Miocene sands. The well reached 2,300 m TD in 1,030 m of water.

The discovery confirms the Tertiary Miocene resource cluster in the northern part of the Moho-Bilondo license, Total said.

Total made the Moho Nord Marine-1 and 2 finds in 2007. The latest well is 1.7 km northwest of Moho Nord Marine-2 and 2.7 km north of Moho Nord Marine-1.

Total started oil production from Phase 1 on the southern part of Moho-Bilondo in April using 14 subsea wells tied back to a floating production unit. Output, which will gradually increase to a plateau of 90,000 b/d, is exported to the Djeno terminal.

Total E&P Congo holds a 53.5% interest in the license, with Chevron Overseas Congo Ltd. holding 31.5% and Societe Nationale des Petroles du Congo with 15%.

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