Aug.19--Nigeria discovery in Aparo

ChevronTexaco Corp. confirmed its Nigeria deepwater block OPL 213 Aparo oil discovery after completing the Aparo-2 appraisal well.

ChevronTexaco Corp. confirmed its Nigeria deepwater block OPL 213 Aparo oil discovery after completing the Aparo-2 appraisal well. It was drilled in 4,100 ft of water, 3.5 mi north of the Aparo-1 oil discovery, made in 2001, and 1.2 km south of the OML 118 Bonga SW-2 appraisal well, drilled this year. The Aparo-2 drilling operations began in May.
The well was drilled to 11,573 ft TD and encountered a substantial amount of net oil sand. Following a successful drill stem test, the well was suspended. Success of the Aparo program indicates that the OPL 213 Aparo and OML 118 Bonga SW discoveries share a common structure and will likely become a joint oil development by the OPL 213 and OML 118 operators.
"We will be working jointly with the OML 118 operator over the next few months to ascertain the optimum development of these resources," said Jay Pryor, ChevronTexaco mid-Africa strategic business unit managing director.

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