Paon-1X exploration well discovers oil in Côte d'Ivoire
7 June 2012 - Tullow Oil plc (Tullow) announces that the Paon-1X exploration well in the CI-103 licence offshore Côte d'Ivoire has intersected good quality light oil in a Turonian fan system.
Paon-1X is the first deepwater exploration well drilled in the CI-103 licence and has encountered 31 metres of net oil pay in a gross interval of 74 metres of turbidite sands. Pressure data indicates that this interval contains a continuous hydrocarbon column and samples show that it is a light oil of 41 degrees API. Further analysis is required to determine reservoir quality and the extent of the fan system.
Following completion of logging operations, the well will be suspended for possible future use in appraisal and development operations.
The Eirik Raude dynamically positioned semi-submersible rig drilled the Paon-1X well to a final depth of 5,090 metres in water depths of 2,193 metres.
Tullow (45%) operates the CI-103 licence and is partnered by Anadarko Petroleum (40%) and the Societé Nationale d'Opérations Pétrolières de Côte D'Ivoire (Petroci) (15%).
"The discovery of light oil in our first well in CI-103 extends the proven play for oil westwards from our successes in Ghana and is encouraging for our future exploration efforts elsewhere in this licence. We look forward to further drilling in CI-103 during 2013."
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Tullow Oil plc
(+44 20 3249 9000)
Chris Perry - Investor Relations
George Cazenove - Media Relations
Citigate Dewe Rogerson
(+44 207 638 9571)
(+353 1 498 0300)
Notes to Editors
Tullow is a leading independent oil and gas, exploration and production group and is quoted on the London, Ghana and Irish Stock Exchanges (symbol: TLW.L). The Group has interests in over 90 production and exploration licences in 22 countries which are managed as three regional business units: West & North Africa, South & East Africa and Europe, South America and Asia.
In Africa, Tullow has production in Ghana, Gabon, Côte d'Ivoire, Mauritania, Congo (Brazzaville) and Equatorial Guinea with two large appraisal and development programmes in Ghana and Uganda. Tullow also has exploration interests in Gabon, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mauritania, Senegal, Tanzania, Madagascar, Namibia, Kenya and Ethiopia.
Tullow's European interests are focused on gas in the UK Southern North Sea where it has significant interests in the Caister-Murdoch System and the Thames area and in the Netherlands where it has offshore gas production, development and exploration opportunities.
In South Asia, Tullow has exploration and production in Bangladesh and exploration interests in Pakistan. In South America, Tullow has exploration interests in Guyana, French Guiana and Suriname.
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