Wintershall Dea and partners made a significant oil discovery on the Kan exploration prospect in Block 30 in the shallow water of the Cuenca Salina in Sureste basin, about 25 km offshore Mexico. Based on preliminary estimates, the discovery may contain 200-300 MMboe in place.
Kan, the first of two commitment wells on the block, lies in water depth of about 50 m within a zone of several Miocene discoveries including Zama, Polok, and Chinwol.
Kan-1EXP, drilled by the Borr Ran jack up unit, reached a total depth of 3,317 m and found more than 170 m net pay sands of Upper Miocene with good petrophysical properties and high-quality oil. An updip sidetrack down to 3,087 m was carried out, and about 250 m of core across the main reservoir sands were recovered.
The Block 30 consortium will evaluate the extensive subsurface data collection to prepare a discovery appraisal plan to be submitted to Mexico’s Hydrocarbon Agency Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) before end-July 2023.
The drilling rig has moved to Ix, a second prospect to be drilled at Block 30 about 20 km northeast of the Kan discovery.
Wintershall is operator at Block 30 with 40% interest. Partners are Harbour Energy (30%) and Sapura OMV (30%).