HOUSTON -- Noble Energy has completed a successful test on block I, offshore Equatorial Guinea. The I-4 well, which is on trend with the Belinda discovery on block O offshore Equatorial Guinea, encountered a high quality Miocene reservoir that yielded flow rates of 1,634 b/d of condensate and 28.9 MMcf/d of natural gas, or approximately 6,450 boe/d, according to Noble.
The well was drilled to 9,721 ft (2,963 m) TD in 2,226 ft (678 m) of water. This was the final well of the six-well program drilled by the drillshipSonga Saturn.
"We plan to have an active 2008 exploration and appraisal drilling program for both blocks I and O as we assess our options to commercialize our discoveries in the region," says Charles D. Davidson, Noble Energy's chairman, president, and CEO. "Our next well, scheduled to spud in late February with the drillshipSedco 700, will look to verify the oil resources down dip at the Benita discovery on block I."