The Cubal-1 exploration well encountered oil in four zones. An appraisal well is being drilled and began in Q4 2013. The multi-billion dollar development project for Chissonga has been submitted to the authorities and is awaiting approval. Brazil
Appraisal activities related to the Wahoo and Itaipu offshore discoveries in block BM-C-30 and 32 are progressing. Norway
In September, Maersk Oil submitted applications for four new licences in the annual APA licensing round. The licences are located in the North Sea and in the western Barents Sea. Awards are expected in January 2014. UK
The Maersk Oil operated Rothesay exploration well (West Dumbarton) is scheduled for drilling in early 2014 and could be a potential subsea tie-back to the GPIII facilities. The Nexen operated Blackjack exploration well is scheduled for drilling late Q4 2013, with potential tie-back to Golden Eagle. The GDP operated Marconi exploration well is scheduled for drilling mid-November 2013 and, in a success case, a joint Courageous–Marconi development may be considered.
In the latest bid round for leases in the Gulf of Mexico, Western Gulf Lease Sale, Maersk Oil won seven blocks, subject to final Government approval, expected later this year. The Buckskin-3 appraisal well and the Oceanographer exploration well are currently being drilled.