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Ultra-deepwater exploratory well finds oil off Ivory Coast

17th April 2014

A Total operated wildcat off the West Coast of Africa has struck oil at depths over 4,500m

Ultra-deepwater exploratory well finds oil off Ivory Coast
Lying in 2,300m of water, Saphir-1XB is the first well in Block CI-514. It was drilled to a total depth of 4,655m, encountering around 40 meters of net pay containing light 34° API oil, in a series of 350 meters of reservoirs

The Total-operated Saphir-1XB exploration well on Block CI-514 has proved the presence of liquid hydrocarbons in the deepwater offshore west of Ivory Coast.

“Drilled in an abrupt margin play, this first well is the first discovery in the San Pedro Basin, a frontier exploration area in Ivory Coast,” commented Marc Blaizot, senior vice president of exploration at Total. "Having confirmed the presence of a petroleum system containing light oil, we will next evaluate this very promising find and focus on its extension to the north and east."

Lying in 2,300m of water, Saphir-1XB is the first well in Block CI-514. It was drilled to a total depth of 4,655m, encountering around 40 meters of net pay containing light 34° API oil, in a series of 350 meters of reservoirs.

The data acquired during drilling is being analyzed and will be used to determine the area’s potential and design the delineation program. Total is pursuing its intensive exploration program in the area, with plans to drill two wells in Blocks CI-515 and CI-516 by year-end.

 Total E&P Côte d’Ivoire operates Block CI-514 with a 54 per cent interest, alongside CNR International (36 per cent) and Petroci Holding (10 per cent).

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