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Welcome to the Subsurface in brief where we bring you rapid, responsive opinion and analysis on the key events going on in the global upstream subsurface industry. The report provides rolling coverage of events, combined with data, analysis and opinion from our Subsurface experts. We cover industry news covering both prospective and discovered resources. You can bookmark this report for regular updates.

Table of contents

  • Fusaea discovery could spur Suriname’s second oil deepwater development
  • Tangkulo-1 is the latest feather in the cap for Indonesia and Mubadala Energy
  • The explorers are back: Armstrong and partners celebrate wildcat success in Alaska
  • Mopane could be Namibia's best discovery yet
  • Shell announces significant exploration write offs in Albania
  • Welchau discovers hydrocarbons but commerciality not confirmed
  • Bluefin discovery in the gassy southeast cluster of Stabroek block, Guyana
  • CNOOC reveals China deepwater oil find
  • Harbour Energy’s Indonesian drilling campaign yields mixed results.
  • Delving into the subsurface: storage sweet spots in saline aquifers
  • Pemex returns to deepwater exploration
  • Ecopetrol's first deepwater operated discovery
    • ADNOC and BPto form new joint venture in Egypt
  • TotalEnergies’ Venus extends to the northwest, as Mangetti well hits targets in Namibia.
  • ONGC brings Mahanadi basin to life with discovery in block MN-DWHP-2018/1
  • Galp Energia’s Mopane struck oil in Namibia & TotalEnergies increases Namibian stake
  • PTTEP enjoys more Malaysia exploration success
  • Shell spuds second appraisal well on Namibia’s Jonker
  • Shell makes gas discovery offshore Egypt
  • Pakistan Petroleum announces major gas condensate discovery
  • Energy giant Saudi Aramco discovers two new gas fields
    • PETRONAS and ExxonMobil announce oil discovery at Roystonea-1 in block 52 Suriname
  • Lancetfish-2 marks Guyana's 33 rd discovery
  • Iran explores new horizons for oil and gas growth.
  • Kosmos makes its first operated GoM discovery
  • Could the permit to drill in Potiguar Basin unlock Brazil's Equatorial Margin potential?
  • Indonesia back on the exploration map with Eni’s Geng North-1 discovery
  • Recap of the 2023 World Petroleum Congress - Energy Transition: The Path to Net Zero
  • New play success in the Balder area and Velocette well disappoints
  • Santos and APA Corporation agree a farm-in deal for North Slope Alaska exploration blocks
  • KUFPEC farms into Shell’s North El Amriya block offshore Egypt
  • Eni starts up Baleine in Cote d'Ivoire
  • Cullinan dry hole breaks Shell's run of discoveries in Namibia
  • Equinor makes Crino/Mulder discovery in Norway’s prolific Fram-Troll area
  • Sunspear discovery in US GoM continues Talos’ successful ILX strategy
  • Chevron’s Aphrodite-3 gas appraisal well records success in Cyprus
    • Well results so far
    • Wells to keep an eye on in H2
  • ADNOC completes the world’s first CO 2 injection well in a carbonate saline aquifer
  • Carnarvon Energy abandons Timor-Leste operations, ending plans for Buffalo oilfield redevelopment
  • Hess fishes for more volumes with its Pickerel discovery
  • OMV makes the largest gas discovery in Austria for 40 years
  • Shell makes fourth Namibian discovery in a row with Lesedi-1X
  • Shell’s Pensacola discovery gets resource upgrade as estimated volumes increase
  • DNO announces the largest North Sea discovery since 2013
  • Guyana's Wei-1 exploration well encounters hydrocarbon-bearing sands in primary Santonian horizon
  • TotalEnergies drills ahead in Namibia
  • North Erregulla Deep-1 discovery, onshore Perth basin
  • TotalEnergies makes large oil and gas discovery in shallow water Nigeria
  • Aker BP makes significant oil discovery near Yggdrasil
  • Wells to watch 2023 - May update
  • Encouraging news from Wei-1 in Guyana
  • TPAO announces Türkiye’s largest-ever oil discovery
  • Woodside Energy joins Chevron in two exploration blocks offshore Egypt
  • Kan discovery in Mexico’s shallow water, another IOC success
  • ExxonMobil and partners reel in the Lancetfish discovery off Guyana
  • Lockyer Deep appraisal well a duster
  • Murphy Oil on the brink of a return to Africa after 7-year hiatus
  • Sonatrach announces six Algerian discoveries
  • QatarEnergy joins Shell as partner offshore Mauritania
  • Brazil's Foz do Amazonas drilling again faces permitting delays
  • Eni's Yatzil discovery kicks off drilling campaign in Mexico
  • Arrow Exploration’s RCE-3 confirms hydrocarbon find
  • ICYMI: The biggest global issues in upstream revisited
  • Equinor makes 7th discovery in Troll area, Norway
  • Shell discovers gas at Pensacola in the UK's Southern North Sea
  • Eni receives go-ahead for Merakes project offshore Indonesia
  • Fangtooth Southeast discovery in Guyana kicks off E&A campaign in Stabroek block
  • Local companies snap up DROs from Malaysia’s 2022 Bid Round
  • Oil and gas exploration: 2022 in review
  • Discovered resources: 5 things to look for in 2023
  • Global exploration: 5 things to watch in 2023
  • Ithaca Energy confirms the presence of hydrocarbons after completion of Isabella 30/12d-12 appraisal well
  • Vår Energi makes Lupa gas discovery in the Barents Sea
  • Türkiye increases Black Sea gas resources with Çaycuma discovery and Sakarya upgrade
  • Malaysia ends year on an exploration high
  • Eni makes third gas discovery offshore Cyprus with Zeus-1 well
  • NOVATEK discovers Viktor Girya field in the Russian Arctic
  • PETRONAS Carigali makes significant oil and gas discovery offshore Sarawak
  • Perenco successfully tests new pre-salt play offshore Congo
  • OMV makes Oswig gas-condensate discovery near Oseberg
  • Energean bolsters its Israeli resources
  • Petrobras’ Aram discovery adds to hope for pre-salt explorers
  • Yarrow-1 and Sailfin-1 make it nine 2022 discoveries for Guyana's Stabroek
  • Energean announce gas discovery at Hermes-1 well
  • Chevron gobbles up juicy Namibian Orange Basin acreage
  • Large oil resource upgrade at Rosneft’s giant West Irkinskoye field
  • Mubadala makes new Sarawak gas discovery
  • Neptune makes Ofelia discovery near its prolific Gjøa hub in Norway
  • APA makes its first operated discovery in Suriname with Baja-1
  • Eni makes large gas discovery with Cronos-1 well in Cyprus
  • Huron discovery extends US GoM subsalt play into northern Green Canyon
  • Could the latest Petrobras-BP’s Alto de Cabo Frio Central discovery end the 10-year pre-salt drought?
  • Eni doubles resources at its Abu Dhabi discovery
  • New deepwater discovery puts Colombia’s exploration in the spotlight
  • Seven discoveries so far in 2022 on Guyana’s Stabroek block
  • Algeria’s Sonatrach announces three new discoveries in exceptional year for discovered resources
  • Eni successfully appraises Baleine
  • TotalEnergies exits Greek deepwater exploration licences, but ExxonMobil remains
  • Rosneft makes giant oil discovery in the Arctic
  • Sanoat Energetika Guruhi (SEG) makes one of Uzbekistan’s largest-ever oil discoveries
  • Sonatrach makes multi-tcf gas discovery near Hassi R'Mel
  • Western Gas’ Sasanof-1 a disappointment
  • BP's three-well exploration campaign offshore Azerbaijan comes up dry
  • ADNOC announce three onshore oil discoveries totaling 650 million barrels
  • CGX and Frontera confirm Kawa-1 well results; de-risking inboard play potential
  • Energean’s Israeli Athena prospect falls short, but Olympus beckons
  • Neptune Energy confirms Hamlet discovery, near Gjøa in Norway
  • Exploration heats up off Newfoundland with three upcoming wells
  • Azerbaijan’s shallow-water SWAP block drilling update
  • Disappointment at BHP’s Wasabi-2 well brightened by Shell’s offshore Barbados farm-in
  • Apus-1 disappoints for Santos
  • More exploration success for Eni in Egypt’s Western Desert
  • Equinor makes Kveikje discovery as prolific Troll and Fram area delivers again
  • QatarEnergy farms into ExxonMobil’s North Marakia block offshore Egypt
  • Sonatrach makes large oil discovery near Algeria’s giant Hassi Messaoud
  • Eni upgrades in-place resources after successful appraisal of Ndungu field offshore Angola
  • Santos encounters success in Pavo-1, Australia
  • Shell spuds much-anticipated Edinburgh well in UK
  • Success for ExxonMobil in Cyprus with appraisal of giant Glaucus gas field
  • Eni and Sonatrach announce Berkine Basin oil discovery in Algeria
  • LUKOIL makes large gas-condensate discovery in Russian sector of Caspian Sea
  • Strike Energy finds more gas in the Perth basin
  • Exploration by NOCs: easy for big exporters, essential for big importers
  • TPAO spuds Turkey’s latest deepwater exploration well in Black Sea
  • Total and APA Corporation announce fifth discovery in Block 58 offshore Suriname
  • Dragon Oil’s exploration success in Egypt’s Gulf of Suez shows basin has life in it yet
  • Exploration success in Guyana, Namibia and UAE but disappointment in first offshore Montenegro test
  • Malaysia lays out DRO buffet for 2022 license round
  • Norway's APA 2021 licensing round: Sustained appetite but pool of explorers shrinking
  • Chariot announces appraisal success with Anchois-2 offshore Morocco
  • Two to ring in 2022 in Guyana
  • Eni dominates Egypt's bid rounds
  • Egypt’s Red Sea attracts new explorers
  • Cyprus awards Block 5 exploration licence to ExxonMobil and QatarEnergy
  • Lukoil makes its first discovery offshore Mexico
  • Suriname reserves grow even as wildcat disappoints
  • A third dry hole fails to dent hopes for Guyana's Canje block
  • Equinor makes oil discovery at Egyptian Vulture in Norway
  • LUKOIL snaps up 25% stake from BP in Azerbaijan’s SWAP exploration project
  • Good news continues in Australia's Perth basin
  • Eni discovers a whale offshore Côte d'Ivoire
  • Access is still king
  • US GoM Lease Sale 257 will move ahead
  • BP and SOCAR finally spud shallow-water oil exploration well in Azerbaijan
  • Eni makes its second discovery in Mexico's Area 10
  • QP’s strategic partnership with TotalEnergies deepens
  • Vår Energi makes oil and gas discoveries near Balder & Ringhorne in Norway
  • Suriname's first open bid round: competition, but in a tight pocket
  • Turkey makes another multi-tcf gas discovery in the Black Sea, close to Sakarya
  • Wintershall Dea continues the run of exploration success in Norway
  • PTTEP’s fantastic four in Malaysia
  • Q1 2021 – Exploration review
  • Norwegian exploration reaching near decade-level highs
  • GoM success for BP at Puma West
  • PTTEP continues its discovery spree offshore Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Discovery confirmed at deepwater Shafag Asiman prospect in Azerbaijan
  • Pemex announces giant Dzimpona-1 discovery
  • Equinor makes discovery at Isflak in the Norwegian Barents Sea
  • Two for two for PTTEP and PETRONAS in familiar waters
  • Bahamas Perseverence exploration well disappoints
  • Ireland moves to ban future licensing
  • Kosmos & Beacon deepwater GoM exploration success
  • Biden administration suspends US federal oil & gas permitting
  • Four for four: Suriname’s Block 58 delivers another discovery
  • Alaska's first ANWR Lease Sale results reflect multitude of risks
    • Saudi Arabia announced four new discoveries
    • Russia announces giant finds
    • Bolivia: Repsol closes out the year with tenth discovery of 2020

Tables and charts

This report includes 125 images and tables including:

  • Location of King Street discovery and Voodoo-1 and Sockeye-1 wells
  • Blocks 2 and 3 location
  • Location of Welchau prospect
  • Bluefin-1 well location
  • CNOOC deepwater gas production in China, by field complex
  • Map: Gayo-1 & Halwa-1 well locations
  • Stø reservoir structure map
  • Composite CRS map of Stø aquifer
  • Exploration plan blocks and planned well locations
  • Orca Norte-1 location
  • Cyprus – development concepts for deepwater gas discoveries
  • Map: Venus discovery with Mangetti-1X well location
  • Map: Block MN-DWHP-2018/1 with discovered Utkal field
  • Map: Mopane-1X location
  • Jonker-2A location
  • North Sidi Gaber and North East El Amriya blocks
  • Jhim East X-1's location on the Shah Bandar (2467-16) block
  • Orca Norte-1's location
  • Lancetfish-2 well location
  • Location of Tiberius and Spencer wells
  • Brazilian Equatorial Margin map. Pitu and Morpho-1 wells location
  • Location of Norma and Velocette discoveries
  • Area of farm in for Apache Corporation
  • KUFPEC and Shell's Nile Delta acreage
  • Baleine location
  • Cullinan-1X location
  • Comparison of Lime Rock and Venice reservoirs to other Viosca Knoll (VK) fields
  • Comparison of Sunspear to Front Runner and Genesis
  • Aphrodite – expected development concept
  • World CO2 emissions (scope 1&2 ktCO2e)
  • Volume of recoverable reserves by lithology (mmboe) (Middle East region)
  • Cumulative CCUS project capacity by region
  • Location of Buffalo field
  • Pickerel well location
  • Lesedi-1X and Cullinan-1X exploration well locations
  • Location of Pensacola discovery
  • Nara-1X well location
  • Location of North Erregulla Deep discovery
  • Yggdrasil production with Øst Frigg Beta/Epsilon
  • Wells to watch 2023: May update
  • Wei-1 and Kawa-1 schematic
  • Şehit Aybüke Yalçın discovery
  • Woodside's acreage acquisitions in the last decade
  • Discovered volumes by operator in Mexico's shallow waters 2009-2023
  • Kan-1 location
  • Lancetfish discovery
  • Murphy Oil's Cote d'Ivoire blocks (under application)
  • Algerian discovered resources by basin since 2000
  • Panna Cotta exploration well location
  • Morpho well (Foz do Amazonas)
  • Dois Irmãos block and Aram's appraisal well
  • Yatzil-1 exploration well location
  • Rio Cravo Este’s location on Tapir
  • Summary of 'FANTA' discoveries
  • Shell’s acreage position around its Pensacola discovery
  • Merakes and Merakes East fields
  • Fangtooth Southeast-1 discovery
  • Remaining resources by field and cluster (mmboe)
  • Fields coming onstream in 2023
  • Isabella field location
  • Norwegian oil and gas discoveries in 2022
  • Black Sea - Çaycuma discovery
  • Table: Malaysia successful E&A wells in 2022
  • Malaysia E&A well count, success rates and E&A operators
  • East Mediterranean – Zeus-1 gas discovery location
  • Viktor Girya field location
  • Perenco licences offshore southern Congo
  • Aram Block: wildcat well location
  • Net pay for major discoveries in Stabroek block
  • Hermes-1 gas discovery
  • Block 2813B and Namibian discoveries and prospects
  • Aram Block: wildcat well location
  • West Irkinskoye field
  • Gjøa Area production
  • Baja-1 discovery
  • Alto de Cabo Frio Central block: wildcat well location
  • XF-002
  • Stabroek net pay for discoveries
  • Algeria discovered resources 2012-2022
  • Baleine discovery
  • ExxonMobil - East Mediterranean exploration blocks
  • Algeria's cumulative gas resources and the impact of LD2
  • Azerbaijan: SWAP exploration wells
  • Canada: Block EL 1156 (Sitka and Cambriol Central) and Block EL 1156A (Hampden)
  • Azerbaijan: SWAP exploration wells
  • Shell farm in blocks offshore Barbados
  • Majors’ Western Nile Delta 2019-2020 direct awards
  • UK number of wells and discovered resources by reservoir age
  • Cyprus - Glaucus gas field
  • Location of Khazri discovery
  • APA 2021: awarded licences
  • Anchois gas field and GME
  • EGPC and EGAS blocks offered and awarded
  • Blocks awarded during the 2019 GANOPE round
  • Map: Asia Pacific’s exploration and appraisal campaigns to watch in 2022
  • Cyprus Block 5 location
  • Yoti Oeste-1 well location
  • Location of Sapote
  • Norway resource discovered by basin
  • LUKOIL’s Caspian Sea portfolio outside of Russia
  • Recent significant gas E&A wells in the Perth Basin
  • Map: Lockyer Deep discovery and nearby fields
  • Azerbaijan: Shallow Water Absheron Peninsula exploration wells
  • QP’s net exploration acreage by operator-partner in SSA
  • QP's blocks in South Africa and Namibia
  • Commercial and economically viable success rates in Norway
  • Blocks in Suriname's shallow water round 2021
  • Total Norway discovered volumes (2011-2021)
  • Creaming curve of the Oligocene-Miocene sandstone play, Sarawak basin, Malaysia
  • PTTEP's net exploration acreage in Asia Pacific (km2, May 2021)
  • Wildcats to watch completed in Q1 2021
  • Wildcats to watch Q1 2021
  • Discovered resource and resource per well by basin in Norway
  • Location of Puma West in southeast Green Canyon
  • Map: PTTEP’s acreage in the Balingian province, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Location of Shafag Asiman discovery
  • Location of Dzimpona discovery
  • Map: PTTEP's block SK417 and adjacent block SK410B
  • Map: PETRONAS' North Madura II block and adjoining Ketapang PSC
  • BP acreage and ADNOC-BP JV blocks
  • Upper Cretaceous Campanian reservoirs in Suriname
  • Completed well results
  • Future wells to watch

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