Eni announced a new oil discovery on the Saasken Exploration Prospect in Block 10, located in the mid-deep water of the Cuenca Salina in the Sureste Basin, offshore Mexico.
According to preliminary estimates, the new discovery may contain between 200 and 300 million barrels of oil in place.
The Saasken-1 NFW well is located 65 kilometers off the coast, and was drilled by the Valaris 8505 Semisub in a water depth of 340 meters and reached a total depth of 3,830 meters.
Saasken-1 discovered 80 meters of net pay of good quality oil in the Lower Pliocene and Upper Miocene sequences. The reservoirs show excellent petrophysical properties. An intensive data collection has been carried out on the well and the data acquired indicate a production capacity for the well of more than 10,000 barrels of oil per day.
Eni said in a statement that the discovery is opening a potential commercial outcome of Block 10 since several other prospects located nearby may be clustered in a synergic development.
The Block 10 Joint Venture, composed by Eni (operator with a 65 per cent stake), Lukoil (20 per cent) and Capricorn (15 per cent), will work to appraise the discovery and to exploit nearby synergies in order to start the studies for a commercial development.