Apache has more oil, natural gas drilling success in Egypt

By OGJ editors

Houston independent Apache Corp. reported continued oil and natural gas drilling successes in Egypt’s Western Desert, saying the Tayim South 1-X well marked the company’s highest oil rate completion there.

On test, the Tayim South 1-X well flowed 8,196 b/d of oil. The well is the latest in a series of discoveries in the Faghur basin.

Meanwhile, in the Lower Bahariya formation, the AG-90 development well in Abu Gharadig field flowed 7,614 b/d of oil and 1.5 MMcfd of gas during a completion test.

The Tayim South discovery is along a prominent east-west fault trend stretching about 25 miles, all within Apache-operated concession boundaries. It includes productive intervals in the Cretaceous Alam El Buieb, Safa, and Paleozoic formations.

Apache drilled 13 exploratory tests along this trend during 2011, 11 of which were discoveries.

In Abu Gharadig field, the AG-90 well was part of what Apache calls its aggressive oil campaign. The well encountered 189 ft of pay in six separate zones.

It was completed with 18 ft of perforations from a total 84 net ft of oil pay in the Lower Bahariya and is producing 5,200 b/d of oil and 5 MMcfd of gas.

Apache has drilled 11 successful wells in Abu Gharadig field.

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