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Turkey: Mardin carbonates oil find draws exploration

Anatolia Energy Corp., Calgary, has a 50% working interest and is joint operator with Calik Enerji Sanayive Ticaret AS on six exploration and two development licenses in southeastern Turkey.

An exploratory well is planned for late 2012-early 2013 on the 53,906-acre Besni license where it has identified four prospects in Cretaceous Mardin carbonates in a complex strike-slip structure where the reservoirs are expected to be heavily fractured.

Besni is just southwest of where Turkiye Petrolleri AO discovered Sambayat field in 2008 at a well that flowed 3,000 b/d of oil. Sambayat field has nine producing wells, and estimated ultimate recovery is 30 million bbl of oil from the Cretaceous, Calik Enerji said.

Sambayat was Turkey’s largest oil discovery in 20 years, and TPAO plans to drill another exploratory well just north of the Besni license.

A 100 line-km 2D seismic survey has been shot and is being processed in an effort to further refine the images of the four prospects, Anatolia Energy said.

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