PEMEX has made a significant natural gas and condensates discovery in the Mexican sector of the Gulf of Mexico with its wildcat well, Tsimin-1.
The state firm’s exploration and production planning director, Vinicio Suro, said it was the most recent of four discoveries made in Q4 2008 and Q1 2009 offshore Tabasco state.
The other three successful wells were the Xanab-DL-1, Yaxche-DL-1 and Tecoalli-1.
Suro said, too, that during Q4 2008, Pemex had shot some 5,315km of 2D seismic and another 4,276sq km of 3D seismic in a bid to further define prospective areas in the Area Perdido deepwater region of the Gulf of Mexico.
Pemex has also secured the four jack-ups it needed for drilling, completion and maintenance work on the Aluxes, Bolontiku and Sinan fields in the Mexican sector of the Gulf of Mexico. Total cost will be about $492million, including the $124.8million hire of the Rowan Companies rig, Rowan Gorilla IV, for 785 days beginning April 30.
Pemex has also contracted SeaWolf Oil Services’ Delta Queen jack-up for $109.6million for 776 days starting August 3.
The other two rigs are Ensco units – Ensco 90 and Ensco 98 – taken on for a total of $257.6million.