Total and Apache announces fourth discovery in Suriname.

Total and Apache have announced a fourth discovery at Block 58, offshore Suriname.

The Keskesi East-1 well found 63 metres of net pay, including 58 metres of “net black oil, volatile oil and gas pay” in Campano-Maastrichtian reservoirs. The well also found another 5 metres of oil pay in Santonian reservoirs, where the companies have carried out wireline logging.

Total, the operator, has continued drilling with the aim of targeting deeper Neocomian aged targets. The company is drilling the Keskesi East-1 in 725 metres of water. The Noble Sam Croft drillship is working on the well. Once completed, the ship will be released.

The French company took over the role of operator as of January 1. The partners have previously made discoveries at the Maka Central, Sapakara West and Kwaskwasi wells.

“We are delighted to announce this new discovery, which confirms this first exploration campaign as a full success and adds to the proven resource base” said Total’s senior vice president exploration Kevin McLachlan.

“We are also excited, as new operator of the block, to start the appraisal operations designed to characterise the 2020 discoveries, while in parallel start a second exploration campaign on this prolific block in 2021.”

The companies announced the first discovery at the block, on the Maka Central-1 well, in January 2020.

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