Exploration success for Pacific Rubiales

Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. announced that a 213 m (699 ft) gross oil column has been confirmed in the Echidna-1 exploration well from wireline pressure data measured across the Paleocene and Maastrichtian aged reservoir intervals. Oil samples recovered on wireline measured 39.5° API with a GOR of 750 cf/bbl.

The Echidna Prospect is located in exploration Block S-M-1102, approximately 20 km north-east of Kangaroo on the eastern flank of a salt diapir in a similar geological setting to the Kangaroo oil discovery. The company has a 35% participating interest in the block with block operator Karoon Gas Australia Ltd holding the remaining 65% interest and is operator.

Drilling operations for the Echidna-1 well began on March 31, 2015 and the well reached the planned total depth of 2379 m (7805 ft) on April 12, 2015. The wireline logging program including pressure measurements, reservoir fluids sampling and petrophysical logging has been completed and the well is being prepared for a production testing program within the Paleocene reservoir section.

A 213 m (699 ft) gross oil column has been confirmed from petrophysical interpretation of electric logs. The Paleocene reservoir interval has a gross thickness of 246 ft (177 ft net), with an average porosity of 25%. Oil recovered from wireline MDT samples is 39.5° API with a GOR of 750 cf/bbl. The Maastrichtian reservoir interval has a gross thickness of 113 m (371 ft), net 50 m (164 ft), with an average porosity of 21%. A pressure defined oil gradient in the Maastrichtian indicates that the oil gravity and GOR are very similar to the recovered Paleocene samples. A deeper Maastrichtian oil column was also intersected in a separate 7 m (23 ft) sand with an average porosity of 23%, supported by natural shows and a pressure-defined oil gradient. A production test over the Paleocene reservoir section in the Echidna well will commence shortly and a decision on a potential second well option is expected to be made in coming weeks.

José Francisco Arata, President of the Company, commented:

"We are very pleased with the results of the Echidna-1 exploration well in the offshore Santos Basin, Brazil. Wireline pressure data across the Paleocene and Maastrichtian aged reservoir intervals in the well confirms another light oil discovery. Echidna adds to the recoverable oil potential of this offshore block and represents another significant achievement for ourselves and our partner and is expected to add further exploration upside value to the company."


Adapted from a press release by David Bizley

Published on 21/04/2015


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