The Jasper Explorer Drillship spudded the H-1 well targeting the Horse prospect (formerly Ma) in early September and reached a total depth of 5,522 metres in late November.
The well was drilled in 1,038 metres of water 80 kilometres offshore Congo (Brazzaville) in the western portion of the Haute Mer A license area.
Primary targets were the Tertiary N3 reservoir, a turbidite play, and the deeper Cretaceous reservoir, an Albian age carbonate play.The principal exploration risks for Horse were reservoir quality and lack of hydrocarbon charge.
Although the H-1 well encountered both Tertiary and Cretaceous reservoirs with good porosity, the reservoirs were water bearing.
The Corporation and its partners will analyze and incorporate the information obtained from the drilling of Horse into the plans for the Haute Mer A license area in which Oryx Petroleum has a 20% participating and working interest.
The Jasper Explorer will now move to test the previously announced Elephant discovery.