Fossil energy – discovery
Italian company Eni has put in motion a plan to appraise a major discovery that could hold between 200 and 300 mmbbl in place in shallow waters offshore Mexico.
The operator plans to start the $40 million campaign in late October 2021 with Valaris Limited semi-submersible rig Valaris 8505.
In early 2020, Eni and partners LUKOIL, and Capricorn encountered hydrocarbons with the Saasken-1EXP exploration well in Block 10 in the Sureste Basin; previous data indicated a production capacity of more than 10,000 barrels per day of oil from the well.
The new well, Saasken-2DEL, is designed to delineate the ring-fence and will be drilled about 800m from the discovery.
Saasken-2DEL will be drilled in 347 meters of water, searching for crude ranging from 22 to 24 degrees API in Lower Pliocene targets at depths of approximately 1700 meters. According to Mexico’s hydrocarbon regulator CNH, Saasken-2DEL may hold 86.6 mmbbl in risked contingent resources, with the chance of success of 50%.