By Andy Sambidge
Petroleum Development Oman says one of the three oil discoveries could supply more than 1bn barrels.
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) on Monday announced the discovery of three new oil fields, one with a major volume of oil in place.
The company has also found a potentially large gas field, it said in a statement.
Following an ambitious exploration programme in central Oman, PDO said the major oil discovery had been made at Al Ghubar South, close to the existing Al Ghubar and Qarn Alam fields.
In all, four exploration and appraisal wells were drilled in 2009 to confirm the discovery, and further drilling to delineate further extensions of the field is planned during 2010.
The amount of oil in place could be in excess of 1 billion barrels, the company said.
During 2009, PDO made two further oil discoveries at Dafiq West in the north of PDO's concession area and Anbar in the central region of the Sultanate.
The Anbar discovery, close to the existing Sadad field, followed an innovative drilling campaign in which 12 wells were drilled in a grid pattern.
Five of the wells encountered oil in the Gharif reservoir and these are currently being hooked up to the existing production network in the area as part of an early production system designed to evaluate the new field.
The new Dafiq West field is close to the Dafiq field which was originally discovered in 2005. A production test well at Dafiq West has already been connected to local production system, joining three existing test wells from the Dafiq field. Once the evaluation process is completed, the Dafiq West and Dafiq fields will be jointly developed.
PDO also said it had made a large gas discovery at Khulud in the north of PDO's concession area.
Gas in potentially large volumes was found at a depth of more than 5,000 metres. Two new wells are currently planned in the area in 2010 to help evaluate this discovery, the company added.
"These four discoveries represent an important success for PDO's exploration efforts during 2009," managing director John Malcolm said.
"They highlight the continued hydrocarbons potential of Oman's subsurface and shows that there will be opportunities for further exploration for many years to come."For all the latest energy and oil news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Very interesting to note the differences between the press release this week from PDO and the press release by Dubai Petroleum last week. The PDO announcement gives clear numbers in terms of estimated oil in place, number of wells drilled etc where as Dubai Petroleum last week gave no information what so ever. The lack of information provided by DP speaks a thousand words (or a billion barrels). Come on Dubai, stop with the laughable attempts at spin, what ever the industry, it is does nothing for the reputation now or for the future.