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Afren, an oil and gas exploration and production company, has found significant oil reserves at its Ebok North Fault Block well, offshore of south-east Nigeria.

The company and its partner, Oriental Energy Resources, drilled the exploration well to a total measured depth of 4,320ft, using the Transocean Adriatic IX jack-up rig and encountered 370ft true vertical thickness of net oil pay.

Osman Shahenshah, Afren chief executive, said the company could generate value from the block quickly due to its proximity to the main Ebok field production hub.

"We now look forward to the test results from Simrit-2 discovery in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, followed by exploration drilling in East Africa," said Shahenshah.

Data showed that there could be an excess of 100 barrels of oil at the site, towards the upper end of Afren’s pre-drill expectations.

"Data showed that there could be an excess of 100 barrels of oil at the site, towards the upper end of Afren’s pre-drill expectations."

The company added that a discovery of significant oil pay at this location underlined the high-grade prospectivity which exists across the wider area.

The well will now be suspended while Afren and Oriental Energy Resources determine the optimal development solution for Ebok NFB.

Future plans may also involve the early drilling of new production wells from the existing wellhead platform at the Ebok West Fault block, followed by a full field development of the Ebok North Fault block, said Afren.

The Transocean Adriatic IX rig will shortly start the drilling of early production wells at the recent Okoro East discovery.


Image: Ebok North Fault Block well in Nigeria found 370ft true vertical thickness of net oil pay. Photo courtesy of: Afren.