First Independent Hydrocarbon Discovery in Ghana
In November 2019 Springfield Exploration and Production Limited are reported to have made two discoveries totalling over 1.2 Bb of oil in its deepwater West Cape Three Points (WCTP) Block 2. If confirmed this is a significant discovery, not just because it would appear to be sizable, but because it would be the first offshore deepwater discovery in Ghana by an independent African-owned company.
The Stena Forth Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit commenced a two-well drilling campaign in waters over 1,000m deep in early October. The targets were the Oak-1x prospect, on trend with the Beech discovery, made on the Deep Water Tano Cape Three Points block to the south-west of WCTP Block 2, and Afina-1x, which tested the Cenomanian oil potential of a play fairway that is similar to discovered resources to the east of WCTP Block 2. The two wells were successfully drilled over a total of 40 days and both were oil discoveries, with an estimated 30–35% recoverable, in addition to commercially viable quantities of gas.