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Tunisian gasfield discovered by British Gas in the Gulf of Gabes, 30 km from the company's Miskar Field. The Hashdrubal-2 well was drilled to appraise a 1975 non-commercial discovery by Elf. BG says the discovery flowed 20 million cf/d gas and 1,400 b/d condensate. Cote d'Ivoire Block CI27 has been awarded to Apache and its partners. The block, which contains Cote d'Ivoire's major gas producing field, Foxtrot, covers 930 sq km. Some 500 km of seismic is to be acquired, and at

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Tunisian gasfield discovered by British Gas in the Gulf of Gabes, 30 km from the company's Miskar Field. The Hashdrubal-2 well was drilled to appraise a 1975 non-commercial discovery by Elf. BG says the discovery flowed 20 million cf/d gas and 1,400 b/d condensate.

Cote d'Ivoire Block CI27 has been awarded to Apache and its partners. The block, which contains Cote d'Ivoire's major gas producing field, Foxtrot, covers 930 sq km. Some 500 km of seismic is to be acquired, and at least one well will be drilled to test Foxtrot for oil.

Angola's Kokongo Field, Chevron's first producing field in its deepwater concession, is expected to reach 390,000 b/d this year. When combined with output from several other Chevron fields in the area, total yield is expected to reach 1 billion bbl or more.

Asia

Australian Northwest Shelf is the site of another major gas discovery. Wapet, the Western Australian Petroleum consortium of Texaco, Ampolex, Chevron, and Shell, made the discovery, Chrysaor-1, in Block WA205P, 100 miles offshore near the massive, 14 tcf Gorgon Field. Testing is ongoing, but first estimates make it the same size as North Rankin.

China's East China Sea Block 25/20, an 895,000 acre area, has been farmed-into by Coastal Corporation's Chinese subsidiary, taking 40%. Maxus China is the major holder and operator. New seismic, both 2D and 3D, has already begun. The block lies 250 miles southeast of Shanghai.

Malaysia's first deepwater block has gone to Shell in a production-sharing contract with Petronas. Block G, 100 km off Labuan, Sabah, contains water depths ranging from 1,000 to 1,800 meters. A seven-year exploration period is followed by a six-year development period and 25-year production period. Shell has already found oil and gas in Block SB-1, south of Block G.

Mideast

The Egyptian Red Sea is the location of a major exploration project by joint venture partners British Petroleum and ONGC Videsh (India). The $240 million program will follow BP's successful Zafarana Field development (20,000 b/d), which began production in November.

Zakum Field, offshore Abu Dhabi, is experiencing a rapid increase in production, following $6 billion in development costs for the giant. Production is approaching 500,000 b/d, and plans are to extend production another 100,000 b/d by the end of 1996.

Turkmenistan's Block II, held by Larmag Energy of the Netherlands, has seen its first thorough seismic survey and the Caspian's first such study done commercially. It was operated by GeoMarine using the Kaspmorneftegeophyzrazvedka/Socar survey vessel Geofizik I.

Europe

Subsea development for Telford, says partners Amoco, Amerada Hess, Enterprise, and Mobil. The 50 million bbl field in the eastern Scott Block off the UK will be tied back to either the Scott platform or the Ivanhoe/Rob Roy floating system. Startup is set for 1996.

Americas

Brazilian basin mapping a first- SSI is conducting a $1.3 million sidescan seafloor survey to produce a 3D image of the entire 32,000-sq km Campos Basin seabed at water depths from 100 to 3,000 meters. Imaging will also provide a profile of the subsoil to a depth of 100 meters. The purpose is to plan pipelines and other seafloor structures.

On the surface, PGS is completing the 3D seismic profile of the basin by surveying its southern zone - a four-streamer, two source acquisition using the American Explorer.

Petrobras is calling for LSVs on long-term contracts, with capacity to lay flexible tubing in water depths up to 450 meters and 1,000 meters, replacing the Stena Constructor and Flexservice, whose contracts expired last month and next January, respectively. Contracts would begin next year for both.

Canada's western arctic is again on offer, despite the lack of interest expressed in the Canadian arctic area the last time around. The call for nominations has been issued for the Beaufort Sea and the Mackenzie Delta region, where many restrictions apply. Possible concessions are available high into the Arctic Islands.

Lake Maracaibo discoveries during 1994 have added 77 million bbl of light crude to Venezuela's reserves. The discoveries, three in the eastern sector of the Lake in Tia Juana, Bachaquero and another in the southern sector have increased Lagoven (PDVSA) capacity by 7,500 b/d.

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