SAN DONATO MILANESE, Italy – Eni has discovered oil in the Saasken prospect in the Sureste basin 65 km (40.4 mi) offshore Mexico.
The semisubmersible Valaris 8505 drilled the Saasken-1 NFW well in 340 m (1,116 ft) of water in block 10 in the mid-deepwater of the Cuenca Salina. Initial analysis indicates an in-place resource of 200-300 MMbbl.
This was Eni’s sixth successive drilling success in the Sureste basin. The well penetrated 80 m (262 ft) of net pay of good-quality oil in the Lower Pliocene and Upper Miocene intervals, with good petrophysical properties.
Data collected from the well suggest it could potentially deliver more than 10,000 b/d.
Eni added that there were various other prospects nearby which could be combined in a cluster development.
The company and partners Lukoil and Capricorn (a subsidiary of Cairn Energy) plan to appraise the discovery and initiate studies for a commercial development.
Elsewhere offshore Mexico Eni is currently producing around 15,000 boe/d from Area 1, building toward a plateau of 100,000 boe/d during the first half of 2021. In addition, it plans exploration campaign on its other Mexican licenses.