Equatorial Guinea's Douala gets another find

Noble Energy Inc., Houston, said its Carmen exploration well near the southeast corner of Block O in the Douala basin off Equatorial Guinea is an oil and gas discovery.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Feb. 14 -- Noble Energy Inc., Houston, said its Carmen exploration well near the southeast corner of Block O in the Douala basin off Equatorial Guinea is an oil and gas discovery.

The well, drilled to 11,550 ft in 150 ft of water, cut 26 ft of net oil pay and 13 ft of net gas pay. It was drilled to test a Lower Miocene reservoir and won't be flow-tested for now, Noble Energy said.

The 10th successful well on the acreage, Carmen is the first oil discovery on Block O, which also contains the Belinda and Felicita gas-condensate discoveries. Carmen confirmed that the oil sourcing extends from Block I, where the company has the Diega and Benita oil discoveries.

Noble Energy plans to recalibrate seismic to identify other similar opportunities while it plans for first production in 2012.

Noble Energy is technical operator of Block O with a 45% participating interest. State GEPetrol has 30%, and Glencore Exploration Ltd. has 25%.

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