Israel: Sara deepwater wildcat finds wet reservoir sands

A group led by GeoGlobal Resources Inc., Calgary, will plug and abandon the Sara-1 deepwater exploratory well offshore Israel after drilling it to 3,928 m true vertical depth subsea in 1,400 m of water.

Cuttings and logs indicate that the well encountered 98 m of high-quality reservoir sands in the Lower Miocene/Upper Oligocene that had good porosity and permeability. There were indications that gas has migrated through the system, but the sands are wet with no commercial quantities of hydrocarbons, GeoGlobal said.

Earlier this year, logs at the Myra-1 wildcat on the Myra license confirmed the presence of high-quality Lower Miocene sands equivalent in age to the Tamar sands and gas shows that indicate an active hydrocarbon system on the Myra license (OGJ Online, Sept. 16, 2012).

GeoGlobal said it believes there are more prospects on the Myra and Sara licenses and in the basin and that it plans to further refine the geological model and evaluate the other potential targets.

“Having completed the work programs in Myra and Sara the company is now qualified as a deepwater operator in Israel. We intend to use this qualification to open up new opportunities to us in the basin and abroad,” GeoGlobal said.

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