LONDON – The Marlin North-1 well drilled by Foxtrot International offshore Côte d’Ivoire flowed gas and oil from the Turonian and Lower Senonian intervals, neither of which had previously tested hydrocarbons on block CI-27.
RAK Petroleum plc (OSLO:RAKP) said a 22-m (72-ft) perforated section of the gas bearing column in the Turonian flowed at a stabilized rate of 25 MMcf/d and 150 b/d of condensates through a 46/64-in. choke. In the Lower Senonian, an 11-m (36-ft) perforated section of the oil bearing column flowed at a stabilized rate of 1,525 b/d of 27° API oil and 0.6 MMcf/d of associated gas through a 28/64-in. choke.
The well, drilled in 65 m (213 ft) of water, reached a vertical depth of 2,790 m (9,154 ft). A declaration of hydrocarbons discovery has been submitted to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and an evaluation and appraisal program will follow.
Elsewhere on the block, development of the previously discovered Marlin oil and gas field and the nearby Manta gas field is on track as part of a four-year, $1-billion expansion program involving installation of a second production platform on the block and drilling of development wells commencing in July.