Anadarko Petroleum has discovered light oil at the Akasa-1 exploration well on the West Cape Three Points Block offshore Ghana.

The well, which was drilled to a total depth of about 12,850ft in about 3,800ft of water, encountered 108 net feet of primarily high-quality, oil-bearing pay from four main Turonian-aged sand packages, similar to those found in the Jubilee and Mahogany East areas.

Anadarko said that samples recovered from the Akasa-1 well indicate oil of about 38 degrees API gravity.

The company now intends to preserve the Akasa-1 discovery well for future use and plans further delineation in the area with appraisal activity at both Akasa and Teak prospects.

Anadarko holds a 30.875% working interest in the West Cape Three Points Block and its project partners are Kosmos Energy (30.875%), Tullow Oil (26.396%), Sabre Oil & Gas (1.854%) and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (10%).