ITALY’S Eni has become the latest to make oil discoveries offshore ultra-deepwater Angola.
Two new finds have been made on block 15/06, with the Nzanza-1 and Cinguvu-1 wildcats drilled in some 1,400m (4,600ft) of water by the semi-submersible rig, Scarabeo 7.
During production testing, the Nzanza-1 well produced 18 Deg API (heavy crude) at rates above 1,600 barrels per day.
Cinguvu-1 achieved a maximum flow of 6,400bpd of moderately heavy crude (23 Deg API).
Both wells were drilled some 350km (217miles) north-west of Luanda. They follow the successful Cabaca Norte-1 discovery made last year on the same block.
That brings the tally of Eni successes on 15/06 to five, including the Sangos and N’Goma wells drilled in 2008. Further drilling is expected this year.
This run of success is characteristic of Angola’s ultra-deepwater play, with operators tending to make a succession of significant strikes – witness BP’s huge run of success on blocks 18 and especially 31.
Eni is the block 15/06 operator with a 35% interest.
Partners comprise Sonangol (15%); SSI Fifteen (20%); Total (15%); Petrobras (5%); Falcon (5%), and Statoil (5%).