Petronas has had preliminary “positive indications” from its appraisal well on the deep-water Boudji pre-salt oil and gas discovery off Gabon, writes Eoin O'Cinneide.

“We are still currently drilling our Boudji appraisal, but already — although this is preliminary — we do see positive indications from Boudji-2,” Emeliana Rice-Oxley, vice president exploration, said this week.

The Boudji-1 discovery well was drilled last year on Block F14 (Likuale) in 2800 metres of water, hitting 90 metres of gross high-quality hydrocarbon-bearing pre-salt sands in Gamba and Dentale horizons.