CNOOC fails to find pay with Horse wildcat in Congo

CNOOC, China07 December 2013, News Wires – China National Offshore Oil Corporation has failed to uncover pay with its deep-water wildcat Horse off Congo-Brazzaville, its junior partner at the play revealed.

Calgary-based explorer Oryx Petroleum said that the H-1 probe had been drilled 80 kilometres off Congo-Brazzaville to a depth of 5522 metres in 1038 metres of water.

The wildcat had sought to tap an Albion-age Cretaceous carbonate play that has yielded pay for Total off Angola with N’Kossa and Moho North.

“Although the H-1 well encountered both Tertiary and Cretaceous reservoirs with good porosity, the reservoirs were water bearing,” Oryx Petroleum said.

The Jasper Explorer is to move to test the Elephant discovery uncovered by the explorers on the same 488-square kilometre Haute Mer A licence in September.

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