SDX Energy has reported non-commerciality of the ELQ-1 well in Morocco’s Gharb Centre permit.
The well was drilled to a total depth of 1484 meters and has encountered 22.6 net meters of reservoir interval and two meters of marginal net conventional gas pay, in the Hoot formation.
“Management are of the view that the intervals are not sufficiently commercial to complete the well”, the company declares. “As such, the well will be plugged and abandoned and the drilling rig will move to the ONZ-7 development location”.
SDX blames the poor result of the drilling on the quality of data used to locate the well. “It is important to note that this well is also the only one in the current programme drilled using legacy low-resolution 3D data, acquired from the previous operator”, notes Paul Welch, the company’s President and CEO. “It was an important test that has strengthened our belief in the need to acquire high resolution 3D seismic data that we have successfully used in our first three wells, across all of our concessions of interest”.