LONDON -- Sonangol, Sociedade Nacional de Combustíveis de Angola, and BP Exploration (Angola) have made a discovery with the Leda well in ultra deepwater block 31, offshore Angola. This is the seventeenth discovery made by BP in block 31 and is 415 km (258 mi) northwest of Luanda and about 12 km (7.5 mi) to the southwest of the Marte field.
Leda was drilled in a water depth of 2,070 m (6,791 ft) and reached a total depth of 5,907 m (19,380 ft) below sea level. This is the fifth discovery in block 31 where the exploration well has been drilled through salt to access the oil bearing sandstone reservoir beneath. The well was tested at a rate of 5,040 b/d of oil through a 36/64-in. choke.