In October 2013, Philia secured a working interest as operator in Congo’s Marine XIII block which lies 50 km offshore in a water depth ranging from 100 m to 500 m. The block was acquired via a farm-in agreement with a private Swiss company. Philia holds now a 85% participating interest as operator, with Congolese state-owned Société Nationale du Pétrole (SNPC) as partner holding a 15% participating interest.
Prospects mapped in the southern part of the block are located 2-6 km west of the Eni SpA operated Kitina Marine oil field. The central part of the block holds additional prospects 0.5-7.0 km west of the Djambala North and Djambala South oil fields, also operated by Eni. Prospects in the northern part are less than 10 km west of the Total SA operated Libondo Marine oil field. Historical production in these three nearby fields lends credibility to exploration drilling in the Marine XIII block.
The company completed the first work program commitment on the block in March 2015, by reprocessing the existing vintage 3D seismic covering its southern portion.
In December 2015, Philia shot 350 sqkm of new 3D seismic on Marine XIII’s northern portion. Seismic acquisition lasted 18 days and included 26 sail lines. Data processing was completed on October 2016.
Read more about our Marine XIII 3D seismic acquisition program in Oil&Gas Journal.