APA Touts Appraisal Success Off Suriname

Rig will shift to drill Bonboni prospect before returning for Sapakara South flow test.

Drillship Maersk Drilling.
Drillship Maersk Drilling.

APA Corp. said its Sapakara South‑1 appraisal well, located on the eastern edge of the Sapakara area, encountered approximately 30 m of net black-oil pay in a single zone of high-quality Campano-Maastrichtian reservoir. Drillship Maersk Valiant will soon mobilize to the next exploration prospect at Bonboni, about 45 km to the north, before returning later in the year to flow-test Sapakara South-1.

A second appraisal well encountered two thin intervals of black oil above water in the Campano-Maastrichtian at Kwaskwasi, impacting a small portion of the eastern edge of Kwaskwasi. The Campano-Maastrichtian intervals at Kwaskwasi and the Sapakara South‑1 discovery are separate and unrelated.

“We are very encouraged by the initial appraisal, having confirmed 30 m of a single, blocky sand that is full to base with black oil,” said APA President and CEO John J. Christmann IV. “These are the characteristics necessary to accelerate development in this area of Block 58, which has high prospect density. We are excited to explore the northern portion of the block at Bonboni and look forward to continuing our appraisal program, including a flow test of Sapakara South-1 before year-end.”

APA Suriname holds a 50% working interest in Block 58 with TotalEnergies, the operator, also holding a 50% working interest.