Soil gas survey detects microseepage through thick evaporitic sequence in Egypt

A surface geochemical exploration survey in eastern Egypt detected hydrocarbon microseepage from reservoirs overlain by 8,000 ft of evaporitic salt and anhydrite sequences with interbeds of shale.Forum Exploration completed the survey on the West Gebel El Zeit Development Lease about 10 km west of Zeit Bay and Ras El Bahar fields near the southern end of the Gulf of Suez.The study area has proven oil and gas reserves in the Miocene Kareem and Rudeis sandstone formations. The hydrocarbon-bearing reservoirs are overlain by about 8,000 ft of evaporitic salt and anhydrite sequences with interbeds of shale.The objective of this surface geochemical survey was to test the capability of the surve...

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