Exploration/Development news briefs, Apr. 4

Enterprise Oil � Esso Exploration Angola (Block 15) � BP Exploration (Angola) � Agip Exploration � Statoil � Infinity � Latvia � Corridor Resources � Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan


The UK Department of Trade and Industry has approved Enterprise Oil PLC's plan to drill two exploration wells in block 13/21a, 68 km north of Fraserburgh, off the coast of northeast Scotland. The proposed depth is 1,067 m.

Esso Exploration Angola (Block 15) Ltd. has made a tenth oil find on Block 15 off Angola. Mbulumbumba-1 is in 2,790 ft of water 220 miles northwest of Luanda. It was drilled to 12,400 ft TD. Other details were not disclosed. Esso operates the block with 40%; BP Exploration (Angola) Ltd. owns 26.67%; Agip Exploration BV, 20%; and Statoil, 13.33%.

Infinity Inc., Chanute, Kan., has drilled, completed, and installed production test facilities and is dewatering the initial five wells on its Pipeline coalbed methane project. Each of the wells is producing methane from the Almond formation.

Latvia will launch its first offshore hydrocarbon licensing round in Riga on Apr. 19. The round will offer seven offshore blocks for exploration and production and 66 blocks for preinvestigation. Geological information may be obtained from the Latvian State Geological Survey. The first offshore license was awarded in 1996.

Corridor Resources Inc., Halifax, NS, reports its McCully No. 2 well near Sussex, NB, has penetrated the main target sands and reached total depth. The stepout to the McCully No. 1 onshore gas discovery well continued to flow gas at a rate of 1 MMcfd and will be production tested. Corridor said the Ralex No. 4 rig will spud the McCullly No. 3 test in mid-April. Corridor is operator for the McCully play, and the Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan has a 50% interest. Corridor retains 100% of the oil and gas rights to 128,490 acres to the east, west, and north of the McCully wells.

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