ExxonMobil drilled a dry hole in the Sapote-1 well on Canje block, offshore Guyana, according to Westmount Energy Ltd. through a shareholder communication from investee company JHI Associates (BVI) Inc.
The well is in the southeastern section of Canje, some 50 km north of the Haimara discovery in Stabroek block (OGJ Online, Aug. 31, 2021). It was drilled by the Stena DrillMAX drillship in 2,549 m of water to a total depth of 6,758 m and encountered non-commercial hydrocarbons in one of the deeper exploration targets.
The immediate focus of the Canje joint venture group “now switches to synthesis, analysis and regional integration and modelling of the extensive multi-play data suite acquired during the 2021 drilling campaign with a view to high grading and selection of the potential follow-on drilling targets on the block,” said Gerard Walsh, executive chairman, Westmount. ExxonMobil subsidiary Esso Exploraiton & Production Guyana Ltd. has submitted to the Guyanese Environmental Protection Agency an application for environmental authorization with respect to a new 12-well drilling program on the block from 2022, he continued.
Esso is operator at Canje block with 35% interest. Partners are Total (35%), JHI (17.5%), and Mid-Atlantic Oil & Gas Inc. (12.5%).