ChevronTexaco confirms deepwater gas find off Nigeria

Jan 28, 2003 01:00 AM

ChevronTexaco's Nigeria affiliate, Texaco Nigeria Outer Shelf, confirmed a deepwater Block OPL 218 Nnwa gas discovery following completion of the Nnwa-2 appraisal well. According to company sources, the well, which follows the 1999 Nnwa-1 discovery well, was drilled by Block OPL 218 operator Statoil on behalf of the NNPC.
Nnwa-2 drilling operations commenced in July 2002 with the Transocean Sedco Energy drilling rig in a water depth of 3,907 ft (1,191 meters) and reached a final depth of 16,350 ft (4,984 meters). Nnwa-2 is located 180 km southwest of Port Harcourt, 6.5 km northwest of the OPL 218 Nnwa-1 discovery well and 10.4 km northwest of the OPL 219 Doro-1X well.

The results of Nnwa-2 indicate continuity of the main gas reservoir intervals across the large Nnwa structure, extending into the adjacent offshore Nigeria block OPL 219. Following a successful production test the Nnwa-2 was plugged and suspended.
The OPL 218 and OPL 219 license participants, with Statoil and Shell as respective block operators, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NNPC and the Federal Government of Nigeria in June 2002 to conduct a feasibility study for a possible joint development of the Nnwa/Doro Field using a floating LNG production facility concept.

This MoU study, being led by Statoil as project manager, is planned to reach a conclusion by late-2003. Additional appraisal work will be needed on the license blocks to further characterize the large Nnwa/Doro Field. "Our continued exploration successes in Nigeria's deepwater are welcome additions to ChevronTexaco's West African portfolio," said George Kirkland, president of ChevronTexaco Overseas Petroleum.
Adding his comments, Jay Pryor, managing director of ChevronTexaco's Nigeria/Mid-Africa Strategic Business Unit said, "We are pleased that drilling results from the partnership's exploration program in OPL 218 have confirmed a significant quantity of hydrocarbons. Texaco Nigeria Outer Shelf is actively supporting the operator's efforts to ascertain optimum development of our joint resources."

Source: OGI
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