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RWE Gets Go Ahead For Exploitation Wells in Disouq Lease

RWE Dea Egypt has received internal approval to drill a further three near-field exploitation wells in the Disouq Development Lease. “The addition of these wells shows RWE Dea’s continuing commitment to add reserves to its Disouq Development Project”, explained Maximilian Fellner,

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Kosmos’ CB-1 Still In Line For late 2014

By Fred Akanni

American minnow Kosmos Energy still has, in its sights, a second deep-water well off Morocco in 2014. The 6th generation drillship Atwood Achiever,

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Gulfsands Hoping For the Big Gas Pool Onshore Morocco

By Mohammed Jetutu

Armed with 3D seismic interpretation, Gulfsands Petroleum returned to drilling on its Rharb Centre Permit in northern Morocco in the last week, using the COFOR SAS Cabot 750 rig. The firm is drilling the Lalla Yetou Updip-1 gas exploration well (LTU-1).

The LTU-1 probe follows up on the three wells that were drilled, commencing in October 2013, which intersected gas‑bearing horizons as identified from pre‑drilling seismic interpretation, “but contained less than the required thickness of net gas pay considered necessary to support a declaration of commerciality and so were plugged and abandoned”.

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Light In Morocco’s Gas Tunnel

By Mohammed Jetutu

While Longreach is looking for $45Million to confirm its hunch that it found ‘substantial natural gas resource potential’ on its Sidi Moktar licence in Morocco, Circle Oil has reported a definitive finding of 15 metre net gas in three reservoirs in the Kingdom’s Sebou permit.

Both wells are onshore.

Morocco has played host to a spate of dry holes in the last nine months, so it’s heartwarming to have results that are bucking the trend.

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Light In The Tunnel In Morocco

Longreach Matter

By Mohammed Jetutu

Longreach is looking for $45Million to confirm its hunch that it found ‘substantial natural gas resource potential’on its SidiMoktar Licence in Morocco, a country which has played host to a spate of dry holes in the last nine months. The Canadian minnow says it is “advancing plans for the forward work programme to determine the commercial potential” of that “resource potential”.

The company wants the money“fortesting and evaluating the existing wells and data, acquiring 3D seismic over the Kechoula structure and the drilling of two to three delineation and appraisal wells on the structure”.  The capital requirement is broken down to: $5Million for the testing, $10Million for the three dimensional (3D) seismic, $30Million for the delineation and appraisal wells.

On May 15, 2014, Longreach reported encountering two prospective natural gas zones with its Kamar-1 well in SidiMoktar Licence in the Essaouira Basin of Morocco.  One zone was in the targeted Lower Liassic formation, with “a gross interval of 110 metres as defined by petrophysical, wireline logs”. The other “is defined by the presence of significant natural gas volumes in the drilling mud” in the Lower Dogger/Upper Liassic formations.

What’s crucial to the company is: “Our Kamar-1 well did not encounter any bottom water, which is excellent news for Longreach shareholders and our Moroccan partners,” said Dennis Sharp, Longreach’s Executive Chairman. “To advance those plans, the Company has initiated a series of meetings with shareholders and potential investors to source additional funding”.

Longreach has a 50 percent operated interest in the SidiMoktar Licence area covering 2,683 square kilometres. Its only (carried) partner is ONHYM, the Moroccan state hydrcocarbon company.


The South Dirkinis-1 Could Have Come On Stream

Irish explorer Petroceltic was going for early monetization of the South Dikirnis -1, which it just finished drilling in Egypt’s West Dikirnis Licence. The well is, afterall, located adjacent to existing facilities and infrastructure.

Instead, the company encountered “high quality sandstone reservoirs” which were water wet, in the objective Miocene column. “The well was targeting a stratigraphic trap in the Miocene formation, to the south of the producing West Dikirnis field”,  Petroceltic says in a release. The prospect had a gross mean unrisked prospective resource of 7.6MMBOE.

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Has Longreach Broken The Jinx?

Canadian explorer, Longreach says its Kamar-1 well has encountered  substantial natural gas resource potential in the Sidi Moktar licence in the Essaouira Basin of Morocco. The wildcat encountered “two prospective natural gas zones” on the Kechoula structure. “One zone was in the targeted Lower Liassic formation and the other in the Lower Dogger/Upper Liassic formations”, Longreach said in a release yesterday.

“These are very promising exploration results from our second Moroccan well, which adds vital, new technical evidence to our growing understanding of the large resource potential in the Kechoula structure. Most importantly, our Kamar-1 well did not encounter any bottom water, which is excellent news for Longreach shareholders and our Moroccan partners,” said Dennis Sharp, Longreach’s Executive Chairman.

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Cairn, In Senegal, Plans Return To Morocco

British explorer seems comfortable in the wild frontier
By Fred Akanni

The Scottish operator Cairn Energy is drilling the first of its planned two wells, back to back, offshore Senegal.

It is also a 20% partner in an exploration well proposed to be drilled in Morocco’s  Cap Boujdour Contract Area in the fourth quarter of 2014, with Kosmos Energy (operator) and the Moroccan National Oil Company (ONHYM).

All of these are in rank wildcat territory. Neither Senegal, nor Morocco, has confirmed oil reserves. Morocco has been the site of active exploration drilling in 2014, with poor results.

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Morocco: Another One Bites The Dust

Discoverer

By Toyin Akinosho
Kosmos Energy is the latest operator to report a “failure to encounter commercial sized pool” in or offshore Morocco.
The company’s first well in the country, “reached a total depth of 3,830 meters and will be plugged and abandoned after failing to encounter commercial hydrocarbons”, Kosmos wrote in its report for first quarter 2014.
“The FA-1 well in the Foum Assaka Offshore block is the first in a series of play-opening wells designed to unlock the Agadir Basin, was drilled to test the salt diapir play concept targeting the Cretaceous interval in a combined structural-stratigraphic trap”. The American minnow says that FA-1 “is one of several independent play types and fairways present in the Agadir Basin”.

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Spaniards Spud A Well In The Precambrian

Repsol

Spanish operator Repsol, has spud the first exploration well in Licence Block Ta10 in central Mauritania.

The well is being drilled in rocks of Precambrian age, the oldest epoch in geologic history. It is the period of time that extends from about 4.6 billion years ago (the point at which Earth began to form) to the beginning of the Cambrian Period, 542 million years ago..

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