Wintershall Makes Shallow-Water Discovery Offshore Mexico

The first of two exploration wells planned to be drilled in Mexico's Block 30 is being hailed as a success by the German operator.

Wintershall Dea personnel on a Borr Drilling jackup rig.
Source: Wintershall Dea.

German oil and gas company Wintershall Dea announced today a new discovery in the Sureste Basin offshore Mexico that it believes to hold between 200 to 300 million BOE.

Wintershall said the Kan exploration well was drilled in about 50 m of water almost 25 km off the coast of Tabasco. The well marks the first of two that Wintershall has committed to drill in Mexico’s Block 30.

The company added that the well reached a total depth of 3317 m where it encountered more than 170 m of pay zone in the Upper Miocene sandstone. An additional updip sidetrack was drilled to a depth of 3087 m, and almost 250 m of core of reservoir rock was captured from the prospect.

“The successful Kan discovery confirms the attractiveness of Block 30, complementing Wintershall Dea’s outstanding Mexican license portfolio,” Hugo Dijkgraaf, chief technology officer for Wintershall, said in a statement.

The jackup rig owned by Borr Drilling used to drill the Kan well was relocated about 20 km to the northeast where it will begin drilling the second exploration well in Block 30.

Wintershall holds interest in 10 offshore exploration blocks in the Gulf of Mexico, three of which it serves as the operator.

Wintershall was awarded the license to Block 30 in 2018 and is the operator with a 40% interest. Its partners Harbour Energy and Sapura OMV each hold a 30% working interest.