Apache tests more gas in Egypt's Western Desert

Apache reported that its Jade-2x well in Egypt's Western Desert flowed on test 26.7 MMcfd of gas and 1,325 b/d of condensate from the Jurassic Alam El Bueib-6 formation.

Oct 31st, 2007

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Oct. 31 -- Houston independent Apache Corp. reported that its Jade-2x well in Egypt's Western Desert flowed on test 26.7 MMcfd of natural gas and 1,325 b/d of condensate from the Jurassic Alam El Bueib-6 (AEB) formation.

The well was the first test of the AEB reservoirs in the Jade structure along the Matruh Ridge, confirming AEB resource potential identified in the Jade-1x discovery in March. The Jade-1x discovery well logged 217 ft of AEB pay and 66 ft net pay in the Jurassic Upper Safa formation. The discovery was completed as a gas producer from the Upper Safa after a test of 25.6 MMcfd of gas (OGJ, Apr. 9, 2007, Newsletter).

The Jade-2x well, which is 1 mile northeast of Jade-1x, logged 148 ft of AEB pay.

Also at Jade field, the Jade-4 well has reached 12,670 ft TD and logged 234 ft of net pay in the AEB formation. The Jade-4, a twin to the Jade-1x and drilled to access the AEB sands identified in the discovery well, will be tested and completed following the Jade-2x test.

Apache recently recompleted the Imhotep-2 well to the AEB-6 zone which tested at a rate of 4,082 b/d of condensate and 3.3 MMcfd of gas. Imhotep field is 17 miles east southeast of Jade field. It was established in February 2004 as a Jurassic Upper Safa gas field, with cumulative production to date of 33 bcf of gas and 1.78 million bbl of associated condensate.

The AEB formation is one of the most prolific oil-producing reservoirs in the greater Khalda concession, accounting for almost 40% of the more than 250 million bbl total crude oil produced from the concession to date.

Apache holds a 100% contractor interest in the 250,000-acre Matruh concession.

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