BP makes 13th oil find on Angola's deepwater Block 31

BP Exploration (Angola) Ltd. has made an oil discovery on ultradeepwater Block 31 off Angola. The Miranda find is the company's 13th discovery to date on the block.

Uchenna Izundu
International Editor

LONDON, Apr. 24 -- BP Exploration (Angola) Ltd. has made an oil discovery on ultradeepwater Block 31 off Angola. The Miranda find is the company's 13th discovery to date on the block.

Miranda flowed on test at 3,822 b/d through a 48/64-in. choke. The well is 11 km south of the recently announced Titania discovery made earlier this year (OGJ Online, Jan. 30, 2007).

The Jack Ryan drillship drilled in 2,436 m of water 375 km northwest of Luanda, and reached 5,116 m TVD subsea.

Block 13 spans 5,349 sq km in 1,500-2,500 m of water.

Sonangol is the concessionaire of Block 31 and holds 20% interest. BP holds 26.67% and its partners are Esso Exploration & Production Angola (Block 31) Ltd. 25%, Statoil Angola AS 13.33%, Marathon International Petroleum Angola Block 31 Ltd. 10%, and Tepa (Block 31) Ltd., a subsidiary of Total SA 5%.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com

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