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Cairn Makes Second Oil Discovery Offshore Senegal

Scottish minnow, Cairn, has announced a second commercial discovery offshore Senegal in the space of one month.

The SNE-1 well is located in 1,100 metres (m) water depth and approximately 100 kilometres (km) offshore in the Sangomar Offshore block with a target depth of ~3,000 metres and targeting the Shelf Edge Prospect.

“Intermediate logging of the SNE-1 well has confirmed hydrocarbons in the Cretaceous clastics objective”, Cairn said in a release. This target is of similar age to oil bearing sands found approximately 24 km away in FAN-1, which was reported as an oil discovery on October 7, 2014.

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Kuwaitis Test 4,000BOPD of New Oil in Egypt

Kuwait Energy has announced that its operated exploration well ASA-1 st3 achieved flow rates of 3,768 Barrels of Oil per Day (BOPD) in two zones. The well is located on the Abu Sennan license, onshore Egypt.

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Circle Will Hook up The New Discovery in Morocco

Circle Oil will complete the exploration well that has encountered a new gas zone in the Sebou Permit, onshore Morocco.

CGD-12 encountered 9.7metres of total net gas pay in a number of levels within the Hoot and Guebbas sands.

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Germans Plan Rig-Less Campaign for Egyptian Wells

By Mohammed Jetutu, North African Correspondent
German operator RWE Dea plans to add perforations as part of a rig-less campaign on its just concluded appraisal wells in Egypt’s onshore Sidi Salem South East fields. The programme is scheduled for “later in 2014/2015”, according to a company statement.

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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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