Gulfsands, Emerald spud third well on Syria's Block 26

The Khurbet East No. 1 exploration well on Block 26 in Syria has been spudded using the Crosco 2000 HP Emsco 602 drilling rig, according to Emerald Energy, a partner in the block.

Uchenna Izundu
International Editor

LONDON, Feb. 19 -- The Khurbet East No. 1 exploration well on Block 26 in Syria has been spudded using the Crosco 2000 HP Emsco 602 drilling rig, according to Emerald Energy, a partner in the block. The well, which is expected to reach TD of 3,700 m over the next 100 days, is targeting a fault-bound structural culmination, with closure mapped at several potential reservoir levels including Cretaceous, Triassic, and Palaeozoic ages.

The Khurbet East prospect is about 12 km southwest of the Souedieh oil field and 12 km south of the Roumelan oil field.

The Block 26 partners, Emerald Energy and Gulfsands Petroleum (operator), have exploration rights in all reservoir levels of Khurbet East. Each company has a 50% stake in the block.

Gulfsands said in the event of an oil or gas discovery at Khurbet East, production would be tied back to existing facilities about 12 km away near Roumelan field.

This is the third well in the partners' drilling program for Block 26 and they will drill their fourth well starting in July.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

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