Apache finds three fields in Egypt's Western Desert

Apache Corp., Houston, reported three field discoveries in Egypt's Western Desert that tested a total of 80 MMcfd of natural gas and 5,909 b/d of oil and condensate from Jurassic formations.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Jan. 27 -- Apache Corp., Houston, reported three field discoveries in Egypt's Western Desert that tested a total of 80 MMcfd of natural gas and 5,909 b/d of oil and condensate from Jurassic formations.

"Apache plans to continue an exploration and appraisal program in 2009 to capitalize on these successes," said G. Steven Farris, Apache president and chief executive officer.

The Sultan-3x well is an oil field find in the Khalda Offset concession, 7 miles south of Apache's Imhotep field. The well encountered oil pay in the Jurassic Alam El Buieb (AEB-6) and Safa formations. It test-flowed 5,021 b/d of oil and 11 MMcfd of gas from three commingled intervals in the Safa formation.

The discovery opens up a large area for further exploration and appraisal drilling on Apache-operated acreage south and east of the well. The Egyptian minister of petroleum approved a 20-block development lease, and production is expected to commence in February. Apache has 100% contractor interest in the Khalda Offset concession.

Adam-1x and Maggie-1x discovered gas-condensate fields on the Matruh development lease north of the Sultan discovery. Adam-1x is in the center of the Matruh lease about 3½ miles south of Apache's Alexandrite field. Wireline logs indicate as much as 102 ft of gas pay in the Jurassic Safa formation. A test of an interval in the Lower Safa produced 28.5 MMcfd of dry gas.

Maggie-1x, 5 miles northeast of Adam-1x, was drilled to test closures at three levels in the AEB and Safa formations. The well logged 27 ft of pay in the Cretaceous Alam El Bueib (AEB-3D) formation and 83 ft of pay in the Jurassic Zahra and Safa formations. Preliminary results of tests of an interval in the Lower Safa formation measured gas at a rate of 40 MMcfd with associated condensate production of 884 b/d. Apache has 100% contractor interest in the Matruh development lease.

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