Israel: Zion to probe shallower zone at Elijah-3 well

Zion Oil & Gas Inc., Dallas, secured a rig to reenter the suspended Elijah-3 well on the Asher-Menashe license in northern Israel.

The well, initially projected to Triassic and Permian below 17,000 ft, was suspended at about 11,000 ft after encountering mechanical difficulties.

The company will reenter, partly drill out the existing plug, acquire electric logs and a vertical seismic profile, and cut sidewall cores. The purpose is to obtain more geologic and geophysical data to better understand the hydrocarbon potential of a zone at 8,000-9,000 ft through which Zion drilled in 2009-10.

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