Apache Corporation and Total introduced a major oil discovery on the Maka Central-1 properly drilled offshore Suriname on Block 58. The properly was drilled utilizing the drillship Noble Sam Croft with Apache as operator holding a 50% working curiosity and Total holding a 50% working curiosity.
Maka Central-1 efficiently examined for the presence of hydrocarbons in a number of stacked targets within the higher Cretaceous-aged Campanian and Santonian intervals and encountered each oil and gasoline condensate.
The Maka Central-1 additionally focused a 3rd interval, the Turonian, a geologic analogue to grease discoveries offshore West Africa. Prior to reaching this interval, the properly encountered considerably over-pressured, oil-bearing reservoirs within the decrease Santonian, and the choice was made to conclude drilling at roughly 6,300 meters (20,670 toes). The pressures encountered within the decrease Santonian are a constructive signal for the Turonian and future drilling will check this interval.
“We are more than happy with outcomes from Maka Central-1. The properly proves a working hydrocarbon system within the first two play varieties inside Block 58 and confirms our geologic mannequin with oil and condensate in shallower zones and oil in deeper zones. Preliminary formation analysis information signifies the potential for prolific oil wells. Additionally, the dimensions of the stratigraphic characteristic, as outlined by Three-D seismic imaging, suggests a considerable useful resource,” mentioned John J. Christmann, Apache CEO and President.
Total acquired 50% pursuits within the Block 58 from Apache in December 2019 and will purchase the sector operatorship as quickly as the 2 subsequent wells will probably be drilled.
The Sam Croft will drill the subsequent wells in Block 58, beginning with the Sapakara West prospect. Sapakara West-1, situated roughly 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of the Maka Central discovery, will check oil-prone higher Cretaceous targets within the Campanian and Santonian intervals.
(Source: Apache – Image: Noble Sam Croft drillship)
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