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August 24, 2022

APA discovers oil at Block 53 offshore Suriname

The firm identified 34m of net oil pay in a single interval at the well, which was drilled using the Noble Gerry de Souza rig.

Oil and gas company APA Corporation has made an oil discovery at the Baja-1 well in Block 53 offshore Suriname.

The well was drilled to a depth of 5,290m using the Noble Gerry de Souza rig in water depths of approximately 1,140m.

Following the drilling, the well encountered 34m of net oil pay in a single interval within the Campanian interval.

The firm said that the preliminary fluid and log analysis resulted in light oil with a gas-oil ratio (GOR) of 1,600 to 2,200 standard cubic feet per barrel, in a good quality reservoir.

APA said in a statement: “The discovery at Baja-1 is a down-dip lobe of the same depositional system as the Krabdagu discovery, 11.5km to the west in Block 58. Evaluation of open-hole well logs, cores, and reservoir fluids is ongoing.”

APA operates Block 53 with a 45% interest. Other partners include Petronas, with a 30% stake, and CEPSA with a 25% interest.

Following the completion of current operations at the Baja-1 discovery, the Noble Gerry de Souza drillship is planned to be mobilised to Block 58.

At Block 58, the drill ship will be used to drill the Awari exploration prospect that is located approximately 27km north of the Maka Central discovery.

APA CEO and president John Christmann said: “Our success at Baja marks the sixth oil discovery we have participated in offshore Suriname, and the first on Block 53.

“This result confirms our geologic model for the Campanian in the area and helps to de-risk other prospects in the southern portion of both Blocks 53 and 58.”

APA has also abandoned the Dikkop exploration well in Block 58 following the discovery of water-bearing sandstones at the targeted interval.

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