Harvest Natural Resources has encountered a new oil discovery in the wildcat well Dussafu Ruche Marin-1 (DRM-1), offshore Gabon.

The company encountered 5ft of pay in a 90ft oil column in the DRM-1 well, drilled in the Dussafu Marin PSC.

DRM-1 well was drilled with an objective to test the potential of the pre-salt Gamba and Dentale Formations.

Harvest Natural used Transocean Sedneth 701 semi-submersible drilling unit to drill the well in 380ft of water up to a vertical depth of 9,953ft within the Upper Dentale Formation.

Going forward, the company plans to deepen the well to test Middle and Lower Dentale exploration potential.