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Hess hits on hydrocarbons in Africa

Hess Corporation has just wrapped up drilling on well A1-54/01 in the Arous Al-Bahar prospect in Libya.

The well was drilled to a depth of 11,077 feet (3,376 m) in 2,807 feet (856 m) of water and came across a gross hydrocarbon section of around 500 feet (152 m) at various intervals.

The well was drilled by the Songa Offshore drillship Songa Saturn.

Hess holds a 100 percent working interest in Area 54, which is 38 miles (61 km) offshore in the Sirte Basin.

Hess has also finished drilling the Dekhila-1x well in the West Mediterranean Block 1 deepwater area, 45 miles (72 km) offshore Egypt within the Nile Delta Basin. The well was drilled by the Pride semisubmersible North America to a depth of 8,881 feet (2,707 m) in 3,883 feet (1,184 m) of water and found a gross hydrocarbon section of 148 feet (45 m) at multiple intervals.

Hess holds a 55 percent working interest in the production sharing arrangement with the Egyptian state company, EGPC. Other partners are RWE Dea with 35 percent and Kufpec with 10 percent. The results of Dekhila-1x will be used to support engineering studies for the wider West Med development.

In Ghana, Hess has completed drilling operations on the Ankobra-1 well, in the Deepwater Tano Cape Three Points license but no commercially significant hydrocarbons were hit upon. The well was drilled to a depth of 13,000 feet (3,962 m) in 5,682 feet (1,732 m) of water by Transocean drillship Deepwater Discovery. Hess holds a 90 percent interest in the license in partnership with Ghana National Petroleum Company.

Hess is currently acquiring 625 square miles (1,006 sq km) of new 3D seismic in anticipation of a well to be drilled in the unexplored western half of the Deepwater Tano Cape Three Points license area.

Hess President of Worldwide Exploration and Production John O’Connor said, “The results of our drilling in Libya and Egypt have been very positive and provide further encouragement as we pursue our high-impact exploration strategy.”

Source: Energy Current

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