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China Drills Ahead In Cued Mya


CNPC IS APPRAISING DISCOVERIES IN Egypt’s Oued Mya Basin. The onshore-focused Chinese state hydrocarbon company was drilling Bou Khezana4 (BKZ) in El M’Zaid block 438b, Oued Mya basin, in early March 2008. The targets are Silurian and Devonian. The well was drilling ahead at 2,479m as of March 5, 2008.

First Calgary Succeeds Again

FIRST CALGARY HAS COMPLETED HAS completed operations on four wells in the past five months, and is drilling on three other locations, in Block 405b in the Berkine Basin. From July to end September 2006 the company worked on GSM I (cased and tested), GSME (cased), LES 4 (drilled and testing) ZER I (cased and tested) and is currently drilling appraisal wells MZLS 2, MZLN 2 and MZLN 3. The high level of activity has been prompted by fact that at the end of 2006 the license will go into the production development stage. By then, whichever part of the acreage that does not host a discovery will revert back to Sonatrach, Algeria’s state hydrocarbon company. The 2006 programme has therefore focused on new untested exploration areas and remote appraisal locations to define the boundaries of discoveries. The company says that ZER 1 tested hydrocarbons at sufficient rates to support the drilling of a second well, ZER 2, that will be located 4.3km to the south-west and that GSM 1 recovered hydrocarbons. The significance of the latter wildcat will be better understood following the testing of GSME I, which was underway at the time of our going to press. The company has now formed the view that a new core area has been identified in the central part of the acreage to the west of MLE field. Two further appraisal wells are planned before the end of 2006, LES 6 and LEC 2. Regarding the MLE field, a number of issues are being advanced and it is hoped the field will be onstream in 2009.

Candax Grapples with El-Bibane

CANDAX ENERGY INC, THE CANADIAN Independent, continues to experience difficulties in the redevelopment of its El Bibane oil field offshore Tunisia. Additional contractor delays to the mobilization of the jack-up drilling barge to drill the three well redevelopment programme at El Bibane were cited as reason behind continued change of the drilling date. Alternate drilling solution arrangements are subject to rig availability in the current tight rig market. The company is however evaluating engineering options that might provide it with an early production start-up, prior to implementation of the full redevelopment programme. The mobilization of support barges and vessels commenced in mid—September 2006, and the main drilling barge unit would be mobilized to Tunisia on a later date. The various units for the mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) will be assembled at the Tunisian operations base, and additional components installed prior to receiving the final certification, including the top-drive for the rig and bases/feet for the jack-up legs. Production start-up from EBB4 is still expected to commence towards year end, with full field production anticipated by the end of first quarter 2007.

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