Mexico’s Pemex said Wednesday that it made half a dozen new finds that could add over 20,000 barrels per day in production.
Pemex said it has discovered two deepwater super light crude deposits and four shallow water light oil deposits in the Gulf of Mexico.
The state-owned company said its Perdido Fold Belt Nobilis-1 well was drilled about 136 miles off the coast of Tamaulipas in about 9,800 feet of water.
The Nobilis-1 well discovered two oilfields on the eastern flank of the Maximino field holding crude with an API gravity measurement of over 40 degrees.
Pemex said that the main Nobilis site holds estimated 3P reserves of between 140 and 160 million barrels of oil equivalent and could have a production capacity of up to 15,000 barrels per day.
The company’s shallow water Teak-1 well discovered light crude and gas condensate deposits with estimated 3P reserves of between 50 million to 60 million standard cubic feet.
Teak-1 was drilled 18 miles off the coast of Mexico between the states of Veracruz and Tabasco in 144 feet of water.
Pemex said the well could produce about 7,000 bpd.
State-owned Pemex said it currently plans to drill 30 exploration wells in 2017.
The exploration program will prioritize strengthening production in the short and medium term in the country’s southeast basins.
“Considering the environment of low oil prices, investments will focus on the areas most likely to find liquid hydrocarbons,” the company said.
Pemex said it plans to drill 10 onshore wells and 12 shallow water wells in Mexico’s southeast basin next year.
Four of those wells will help delineate the company’s’ recent discoveries and help accelerate development and production at the finds.
The company will also drill four additional deepwater wells at the Perdido Fold Belt site.
Pemex added that it will also assess potential shale reserves in high prospectivity areas in the Misantla Tampico Basin and the southern portion of the Burgos Basin.