More drilling due for gas find off Turkey

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, July 6 -- Toreador Resources Corp. and partners plan further drilling in a western Black Sea permit area where they logged gas in Ayazli 3, a well directionally drilled to 1,335 m MD in the South Akcakoca subbasin.

The well had gas shows in multiple intervals between 725 m and 1,070 m, reported Stratic Energy Corp., a partner. Electric logs indicated gas pay in as many as six sand intervals at 743-1,070 m. Toreador estimates total pay thickness at 44 m.

The well's bottomhole location is 1,100 m southwest of the Ayazli 1 well, which tested 15 MMcfd of gas from 16 m of pay in three zones before being suspended last September.

Toreador has run casing in Ayazli 3 and will drill Ayazli 2 from the same surface location to a bottomhole location 380 m southwest of Ayazli 1. It will test both of the new wells in late July.

Toreador, Dallas, is operator with a 36.75% working interest in the permit area. Stratic holds 12.25% and Turkish Petroleum Corp., 51%.

The partners have exercised an option to extend their contract to use the Romanian GSP Prometheus jack up to drill a total of eight wells in the area. They are negotiating for another rig for further drilling this year.

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