Ku-Maloob-Zaap

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Ku-Maloob-Zaap
Country Mexico
Region North America
Offshore/onshore Offshore
Operator Pemex
Field history
Discovery 1979
Start of production 1981
Production
Current production of oil 867,000 barrels per day (~4.32×10^7 t/a)
(Dec 2012)[1]
Producing formations Kimmeridgian, Lower Paleocene-Upper Cretaceous and Middle Eocene

Ku-Maloob-Zaap is the most productive oil field in Mexico. Ku-Maloob-Zaap is made up of three relatively large fields Ku, Maloob and Zaap which are located to the immediate northwest of the Cantarell field.

Ku-Maloob-Zaap is located offshore in the Bay of Campeche, 105 kilometres (65 mi) from Ciudad del Carmen. It was discovered by PEMEX, Mexico's national oil company, in 1979.

PEMEX planned to drill 82 fields and install 17 oil platforms, as well as build an oil pipeline of 166 kilometres (103 mi) to transport the oil produced. It was expected that by 2011, production would reach 800,000 barrels per day (130,000 m3/d) of oil and 282 million cubic feet per day (8.0×10^6 m3/d) of natural gas.

This target was met by November 2009 when Oil production reached 802,002 barrels per day (127,508.1 m3/d). Production rose to 867,000 barrels per day (137,800 m3/d) in December 2012,[2] as a result of production declines at the Cantarell Field, Ku-Maloob-Zaap is Mexico's most productive oil field.[3]

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