US group finds natural gas and oil in Angola’s pre-salt layer

6 November 2013

US group Cobalt International Energy has found natural gas and oil in Angola’s Lontra and Mavinga test wells in blocks 20 and 21 of the pre-salt layer.

The group is the operator at the Lontra well (block 20), with a stake of 40 percent in the project, and its partners are Angolan state oil company Sonangol P&P and BP and Kwanza Benguela Limited, each with 30 percent.

At the Mavinga well (block 21), the US group is also the operator with a 40 percent stake and its partners are private Angolan company Nazaki Oil & Gas with 30 percent, Sonangol P&P with 20 percent and Alper Oil, a private Angolan company, with the remaining 10 percent.

Cobalt International Energy also indicated that once prospecting operations were concluded it would move its Petroserv SSV Catarina drilling platform to the Orca well, which is also in the pre-salt layer, about 25 kilometres northwest of the Lontra well. (macauhub)