Drilling of the Alameda-1 oil exploration well in Cuba has resumed following a shutdown caused by a shallow high-pressure zone.
Alameda-1 is a key well that spudded in Block 9 on September 13 2021 by a joint venture of Melbana Energy and Sonangol.
Drilling resumed on December 16 and is currently at a depth of 2,093 meters. The primary N and Alameda structures are still to be drilled.
The high-pressure zone was 350 meters shallower than predicted, and required certain drilling materials to be brought in, so drilling was suspended in early November.
Melbana Energy’s executive chairman Andrew Purcell, said: “We have used the standby system productively to conduct necessary maintenance, increase our stockpiles of required drilling supplies and conduct analysis of the drilling environment we have encountered to date.”
“It is good to be drilling ahead again now armed with this enhanced capability and deeper understanding of the operating environment we find ourselves in.”
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