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Tullow Deepwater Exploration Off Ivory Coast Strikes Oil

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June 7 (Bloomberg) -- Tullow Oil Plc , a U.K.-based oil and gas explorer, found oil at its Paon-1X exploration well off Ivory Coast, extending discoveries made in Ghana.

Drilling encountered 31 meters (102 feet) of net oil in a gross interval of 74 meters of turbidite sands, the company said in a statement today. Data suggests the well is a continuous hydrocarbon column of light oil, Tullow said.

“The discovery of light oil in our first well in CI-103 extends the proven play for oil westwards from our successes in Ghana and is encouraging for our future exploration efforts elsewhere in this license,” Exploration Director Angus McCoss said. The company will pursue further drilling in 2013, he said.

Tullow rose 30 pence, or 2.1 percent, to 1,468 pence in London trading. The stock has risen 4.7 percent this year, valuing the company at 13.3 billion pounds ($20.7 billion).

Output from Ghana’s Jubilee oil field reached about 70,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day in May, with production expected to reach an average of 90,000 barrels this year, Tullow said at the time. The explorer has found about 4 billion barrels since 2007, unlocking new oil provinces in Uganda, Ghana and French Guyana.

Tullow controls 45 percent of the Ivory Coast license, Anadarko Petroleum Corp. has a 40 percent holding and the remainder is held by Petroci Holding.

“This discovery confirms the upper cretaceous fan system present in Ghana extends westward into Cote d’Ivoire and provides significant running room within the CI-103 block,” Anadarko Worldwide Exploration Vice President Bob Daniels said separately. “We are very encouraged by these results.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Kari Lundgren in London at klundgren2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Will Kennedy at wkennedy3@bloomberg.net

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