Country Mexico
Region North America
Offshore/onshore Offshore
Operator Pemex
Field history
Discovery 1979
Start of production 1981
Current production of oil 853,000 barrels per day (~4.25×10^7 t/a)
(Nov 2015)[1]
Producing formations Kimmeridgian, Lower Paleocene-Upper Cretaceous and Middle Eocene

Ku-Maloob-Zaap (Spanish pronunciation: [ku maloːβ saːpʰ]) is the most productive oil field in Mexico. It 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 853,000 barrels per day (135,600 m3/d) in November 2015,[2] as a result of a decline in production at the Cantarell Field. This new rate of production made Ku-Maloob-Zaap Mexico's most productive oil field.


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