BP makes another strike on Angola's Block 31

BP Exploration (Angola) Ltd. and Angola's Sonangol EP have made their fourteenth oil discovery on ultradeepwater Block 31 off Angola.

Uchenna Izundu
International Editor

LONDON, May 22 -- BP Exploration (Angola) Ltd. and Angola's Sonangol EP have made their fourteenth oil discovery on ultradeepwater Block 31 off Angola.

The Cordelia well tested 2,063 b/d of oil through a 20/64-in. choke. The well was drilled in 2,308 m of water using the Jack Ryan drillship and reached 4,040 m TVD.

The well is 3½ km southeast of the recent Miranda discovery, which flowed on test at 3,822 b/d through a 48/64-in. choke (OGJ Online, May 7, 2007).

BP is the block operator and holds 26.67% interest. Other stakeholders are Esso E&P Angola (Block 31) Ltd. 25%, Sonangol 20%, Statoil Angola AS 13.33%, Marathon International Petroleum Angola Block 31 Ltd. 10%, and Total Group subsidiary Tepa (Block 31) Ltd. 5%.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

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