Anadarko Petroleum has announced a light oil discovery at the Paon-1X exploration well offshore of Côte d’Ivoire, in Africa.

The company encountered more than 100 net feet (31m) of oil pay (41 degrees API) in a Turonian-aged reservoir.

"The Paon-1X well, located in the CI-103 block, was drilled to a total depth of about 16,700ft, in water depths of about 7,195ft."

The Paon-1X well, located in the CI-103 block, was drilled to a total depth of about 16,700ft, in water depths of about 7,195ft.

Bob Daniels, Anadarko senior vice president of Worldwide Exploration, said the Paon well marks the first deepwater discovery in the CI-103 block, offshore of Côte d’Ivoire, and opens up a new play for the country and its partnership.

"This discovery confirms the Upper Cretaceous fan system present in Ghana extends westward into Côte d’Ivoire and provides significant running room within the CI-103 block," Daniels said.

"We are very encouraged by these results and look forward to appraising this discovery and testing a number of other identified prospects on our acreage."

Anadarko holds a 40% working interest in the CI-103 block, while operator Tullow has a 45% stake and the Société Nationale d’Opérations Pétrolières de Côte d’Ivoire (Petroci) holds a 15% working interest.