& Tobago


Very usefull links


News links




Dow Jones

Oil price



Views and News






Guyana's Canje Block could be a bigger
black gold mine than Stabroek Block

JHI Associates

Estimated at 10 billion barrels in over a dozen wells

By Kaieteur News

Petroleumworld 11 16 2020

The Canje Oil Block is estimated to hold 10 billion barrels of oil in just over a dozen prospects to be drilled, with drilling expected to begin in the next six to nine months. With these prospects, the Canje Block may turn out to be more lucrative than the Stabroek Block.

The revelation was made in the Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements (as of 30 June 2020) of Westmount Energy Limited, an investment firm with indirect interests in several of Guyana's offshore blocks.

Westmount's interest in Canje is through its 6.9 percent of issued shares in JHI Associates. JHI is a Canadian-led company that has a 17.5 percent stake in the Canje block.

“The block is reported by JHI,” Westmount stated, “to contain more than a dozen prospects in the Canje portion of the Liza play fairway, representing more than 10 billion barrels of prospective recoverable oil resources, with a number of the prospects exhibiting the same DHI (Direct Hydrocarbon Indicator) characteristics as the neighbouring Stabroek discoveries.”

ExxonMobil has, over the last six years, made 18 discoveries amounting to nine billion oil equivalent barrels, less than what is expected to come from the just over a dozen prospects in Canje. To put that into perspective, Exxon's tenth discovery in the Stabroek block had taken its estimated recoverable resources to five billion oil-equivalent barrels.

Westmount said that subsequent processing and interpretation of data has granted the Canje Block co-venturers a substantial inventory of prospects, starting with Bulletwood, Jabillo and Sapote. The 2018 Competent Person Report including the results of the data processing, was reportedly done by the Texas-based firm, DeGoyler McNaughton. It is not publicly available.

The 3D seismic survey was done by the operator of the block, ExxonMobil, in 2016.

JHI anticipates that the first planned well in Canje, Bulletwood-1, will be spudded this month or the next.

“The Bulletwood-1 prospect is reported to be a ‘Liza look-alike' confined channel complex,” Westmount said.

It is expected to contain about 500 million barrels.

“The second well on the Canje Block will target either Sapote-1 in the east of the block or Jabillo-1 in the northwest of the block, which is reported as a billion-barrel class basin floor turbidite fan.”

The Canje Block was awarded to Mid-Atlantic Oil & Gas in March 2015. In just two months, that company started transferring stakes to other companies, starting with JHI Associates, with which it came to an agreement in 2014, before it received the block.

The next sale was to ExxonMobil, which became the operator in 2016. A stake was also transferred to Total SE in 2018. In 2019, ExxonMobil relinquished a portion of the block to the government as per the terms of the exploration licence, reducing the size of the contract area from 6,100 sq. km to 4,800 sq. km.

Story by Kaieteur News 11 15 2020


We invite you to join us as a sponsor.

Circulated Videos, Articles, Opinions and Reports which carry your name and brand are used to target Entrepreneurs through our site, promoting your organization’s services. The opportunity is to insert in our stories pages short attention-grabbing videos, or to publish your own feature stories.


Copyright© 1999-2020 Petroleumworld or respective author or news agency. All rights reserved.

We welcome the use of Petroleumworld™ (PW) stories by anyone provided it mentions as the source.

Other stories you have to get authorization by its authors. Internet web links to are appreciated.

Petroleumworld welcomes your feedback and comments, share your thoughts on this article, your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us
their views and comments about this article.

Write to

By using this link, you agree to allow PW
to publish your comments on our letters page.

Any question or suggestions,
please write to:

Best Viewed with IE 5.01+ Windows NT 4.0, '95,
'98,ME,XP, Vista, Windows 7,8,10 +/ 800x600 pixels

Twitter: @petroleumworld1




Editor & Publisher:Elio Ohep/
Contact Email:

CopyRight © 1999-2020 Petroleumworld- All Rights Reserved. Legal Information

PW in Top 100 Energy Sites

CopyRight©1999-2020, Petroleumworld ™  / Elio Ohep - All rights reserved


This site is a public free site and it contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner.We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of business, environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have chosen to view the included information for research, information, and educational purposes. For more information go to: If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission fromPetroleumworld or the copyright owner of the material.