This is the first of up to three independent prospects the company has identified in the block, in a similar play type to the Turbot and Longtail discoveries 70 km (43 mi) to the west in theStabroek block offshore Guyana.
Off West Africa, front-end engineering design is progressing for the BP/Kosmos ultra-deepwaterTortue gas development offshore Mauritania and Senegal.
Currently the partners are assessing gas marketing proposals from a range of potential buyers, and they expect to take a final investment decision on the project around year-end. First gas is targeted for late 2021.
Offshore Equatorial Guinea, gross oil production from Kosmos’ Ceiba field and Okume complex averaged more than 46,000 b/d during 2Q 2018, above the full year 2018 forecast of 43,000 b/d.
The partners are presently focused on production optimization and planning for the first phase electric submersible pump installation, with the work set to start during 4Q.
In May, Kosmos initiated began a 10,100-sq km (3,900-sq mi) 3D seismic survey over blocks EG-21, EG-24, S and W offshore Equatorial Guinea, and around 200 sq km (77 sq mi) over block G.