Sapele well hits further pay off Camroon

Bowleven’s Sapele-1 exploration well offshore Cameroon has encountered a further 6-8 m (19.7-26 ft) of hydrocarbon pay with average porosity of 21% in the Miocene interval.

Offshore staff

EDINBURGH, UK -- Bowleven’s Sapele-1 exploration well offshore Cameroon has encountered a further 6-8 m (19.7-26 ft) of hydrocarbon pay with average porosity of 21% in the Miocene interval.

This is in addition to the pay reported earlier this month at the Lower and Deep Omicron levels. The well is being drilled in 20 m (65.6 ft) water depth in block MLHP-5 in the Etinde permit in the Douala basin.

Sapele-1 targets a series of vertically stacked reservoir objectives, from the proven Miocene fairway down to the deeper Cretaceous fairway established as prolific elsewhere in West Africa.

Since the initial discovery, the well has been deepened by a further 123 m (403 ft) to a current TD of 3,483 m (11,427 ft).

Bowleven now plans to push on to a TD of around 4,450 m (14,600 ft) to test further prospective horizons, including the deeper Cretaceous, a play the company says has not previously been tested in this part of the Douala basin.

Drilling should take a further 20-30 days, excluding testing. The company is also making preparations for testing and appraisal drilling/side tracking on the Omicron discoveries.

11/29/2010

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