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Foxtrot flows oil and gas from Cote d’Ivoire offshore well

09th March 2015

The Marlin North-1 well drilled by Foxtrot International LDC offshore Côte d'Ivoire flowed gas and oil from the Turonian and Lower Senonian intervals, neither of which had previously tested hydrocarbons on Block CI-27

The Marlin North-1 well drilled by Foxtrot International LDC offshore Côte d'Ivoire flowed gas and oil from the Turonian and Lower Senonian intervals, neither of which had previously tested hydrocarbons on Block CI-27
The first platform on the block has been in operation since 1999 and processes gas and liquids from the Foxtrot and Mahi fields

A 22-metre perforated section of the gas bearing column in the Turonian flowed at a stabilised rate of 25 million cubic feet per day of gas and 150 barrels per day of condensates through a 46/64 inch choke.

In the Lower Senonian, an 11-meter perforated section of the oil bearing column flowed at a stabilised rate of 1,525 barrels per day of 27° API oil and 0.6 million cubic feet per day of associated gas through a 28/64 inch choke.

The well, drilled in 65 meters of water, reached a vertical depth of 2,790 metres. A declaration of hydrocarbons discovery has been submitted to the ministry of petroleum and energy and an evaluation and appraisal program will follow.

Foxtrot International LDC is a privately held exploration and production company active in Côte d'Ivoire.  The company is operator and 27.5 per cent stakeholder in offshore Block CI-27 which contains the two largest producing gas fields in the country, Foxtrot and Mahi. The company also is operator and 27.5 per cent stakeholder in Block CI-502, an offshore exploration license acquired in 2014.

The company produces more than 70 per cent of the gas in Côte d'Ivoire from the Foxtrot and Mahi fields and is nearing completion of a four year campaign to develop two other discoveries, the Marlin oil and gas field and the Manta gas field; first production from the Marlin field is expected in 2015.  Foxtrot International LDC has more than 100 employees and contractors based in Abidjan.

Through Mondoil Enterprises LLC, RAK Petroleum has a one-third ownership of Foxtrot International which in turn operates Block CI-27 with a 27.5 per cent stake. Other partners on the block are the state oil company, Petroci, and SECI.

Elsewhere on the block, development of the previously discovered Marlin oil and gas field and the nearby Manta gas field is on track as part of a four-year, USD 1.0bn expansion program involving installation of a second production platform on the block and drilling of development wells commencing in July.

The first platform on the block has been in operation since 1999 and processes gas and liquids from the Foxtrot and Mahi fields.

During 2014, gas production from Block CI-27 averaged 142.6 million cubic feet per day or some 70 per cent of the country's total. Gas is sold into the domestic market for power generation and other industrial and commercial uses under fixed price terms that last year averaged USD 5.87 per million btu.

Average daily production and prices have increased marginally in 2015.   

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