Hess gauges gas-condensate find off Libya

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Dec. 2
-- Hess Corp.’s Libyan subsidiary has drillstem-tested gas and condensate at a discovery well it drilled in 2008 in the Mediterranean east of Tripoli, Libya.

The A1-54/01 discovery well on the Arous Al-Bahar prospect encountered hydrocarbons in several intervals with a combined gross section of 500 ft in 2008 (OGJ Online, Dec. 17, 2008). Hess reentered the well and perforated a 300-ft carbonate interval.

The well, in the nonproducing offshore extension of the Sirte basin, flowed at a rate of 27 MMscfd of good quality gas and 533 b/d of condensate on a 52/64-in. choke on a drillstem test.

After completing tests, the Stena Forth sixth-generation dynamically positioned drill ship is to return to finish drilling the A2-54/01 appraisal well 7 miles northwest of the discovery well.

Well A1-54/01 is in 2,807 ft of water 35 miles off Libya. Hess Libya Exploration Ltd. holds 100% working interest in Area 54, operated under an exploration and production-sharing agreement with National Oil Corp.

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