Tullow said it encountered just more than 100 feet of net oil pay in its CI-103 license area offshore Ivory Coast. The data indicate the column contains good quality light oil.
"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," Tullow Exploration Director Angus McCoss said in a statement. "We look forward to further drilling in CI-103 during 2013."
Tullow Oil and its partners in Ghana marked a milestone for the Jubilee oil field in 2010 when commercial oil flowed from the area for the first time. The company said production there could increase to 120,000 bpd.
The Jubilee field is one of the richest oil fields in Africa with potential reserves eclipsing 1.8 billion barrels.