Repsol group posts more geologic success in Egypt's western desert

A group led by Repsol SA, Madrid, reported more geologic and operational success in Egypt's western desert.Crude oil production from the Khalda and Khalda Offset concessions reached 36,750 b/d in late July, compared with a first quarter average of 26,707 b/d. The group, which includes Apache Corp. and Novus Petroleum Ltd., Sydney, has drilled 24 development wells this year, all successful.Gas production, which averaged 3 MMMcfd of gas in the first quarter, will ramp up soon because the group has begun filling the 148 mile, 34 in. northern pipeline to Alexandria. The line, operated by Shell, should be fully on stream by September under a 25 year take-or-pay contract, and yearend sales ...

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