The oil discovery has been made within tie back distance to several existing and planned host facilities
Kosmos Energy has announced making an oil discovery in the US Gulf of Mexico, after drilling the Winterfell infrastructure-led exploration (ILX) well.
Located in approximately 1,600 metres of water, the Winterfell well was drilled to a total depth of approximately 7,000 metres.
According to Kosmos, the well encountered nearly 26 metres of net oil pay in two intervals. It was designed to test a sub-salt Upper Miocene prospect located in Green Canyon Block 94.
Kosmos Energy’s chairman and chief executive officer Andrew Inglis said: “We are pleased to have started the New Year with exploration success at Winterfell validating our proven basin exploration strategy, which is focused on low cost, short cycle, low carbon development solutions.
“The Winterfell well was funded by a portion of the proceeds from the partial sale of our frontier exploration portfolio.
“The well in Green Canyon Block 944 de-risks prospectivity in several neighboring blocks held by Kosmos, with approximately 100 million barrels of gross potential within Kosmos’ acreage position.”
Kosmos said that the oil discovery has been made within tie back distance to several existing and planned host facilities.
Beacon Offshore Energy affiliate is the operator of the Winterfell well, while Kosmos owns a working interest of 17.5% in the well.
Kosmos plans to work with partners on an appraisal plan and development options for the new oil discovery.
It is also planning to drill the Zora ILX well in the Gulf of Mexico later in the year.
In October 2019, Kosmos reported a major gas discovery at Orca-1 exploration well located in the BirAllah area, offshore Mauritania.
The company has production assets offshore Ghana, Equatorial Guinea and US Gulf of Mexico, as well as gas development offshore Mauritania and Senegal.