Total makes oil discovery off Congo (Brazzaville)

Operator Total E&P Congo made an oil discovery with its Cassiopee Est Marine-1 well on Mer Très Profonde Sud block in ultradeep water off Congo (Brazzaville).

Aug 14th, 2007

Uchenna Izundu
International Editor

LONDON, Aug. 14 -- Operator Total E&P Congo made an oil discovery with its Cassiopee Est Marine-1 well on Mer Très Profonde Sud block in ultradeep water off Congo (Brazzaville).

The well, which was drilled to a TD of 3,330 m, flowed 5,600 b/d of oil on test. The MTPS Block lies 170 km offshore in 2,000 m of water. Field development studies will be launched once the reserves are assessed.

Total said the discovery aimed "at building an economically viable pole of development in this ultradeepwater permit."

This is the fourth discovery since 2000 on the MTPS permit, which covers more than 5,000 sq km.

Total has a 40% interest with partners Eni Congo and Esso Exploration & Production Congo (Mer Très Profonde Sud) Ltd., each with 30%.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

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