HOUSTON-- The Venus exploration well in block SL 6/07 offshore Sierra Leone has hit pay, according to operator Anadarko Petroleum. The well was drilled to a total depth of approximately 18,500 ft (5,639 m) in about 5,900 ft (1,798 m) of water and encountered more than 45 net ft (14 m) of hydrocarbon pay, the company says. Venus is the first deepwater test in the Sierra Leone-Liberian basin.
Anadarko and its partners are evaluating the initial results of the well and the forward plan for the prospect. Anadarko plans to drill two to five wells in the trend next year.