Tanganyika plans Egyptian exploration program

Canadian company Tanganyika Oil Co. Ltd. plans a three-well exploration program on its West Gharib Block on the western coast of the Gulf of Suez, Egypt, starting in late fall. Tanganyika subsidiary Dublin International Petroleum (Egypt) Ltd., operates Hana oil field in West Gharib.

By the OGJ Online Staff

HOUSTON, Aug. 21 -- Canadian company Tanganyika Oil Co. Ltd. plans a three-well exploration program on its West Gharib Block on the western coast of the Gulf of Suez, Egypt, starting in late fall.

Tanganyika subsidiary Dublin International Petroleum (Egypt) Ltd., operates Hana oil field in West Gharib, which is producing 1,800 b/d of 26°-gravity API oil from the Miocene Kareem reservoir.

The first exploration well, Hana Deep-1, will be drilled within the Hana field but will explore the potential of the Rudeis Sand to 7,000 ft.

Hana-8 well, drilled in November 2000, was the first to find the Rudeis formation. It tested 1,000 b/d of 33°-gravity oil in the Upper Rudeis reservoir.

Hana Deep-1 well will penetrate the productive zone updip of Hana-8 to test the Lower Rudeis reservoir zones.

The next exploration well, Hana South-1, will be drilled to 6,000 ft to test the Kareem and Upper Rudeis reservoirs in the adjacent Hana South structure. Tanganyika said Hana and Hana South may prove to be a single structure.

The third well, Naiem-1, will test a structure south of Hana South. It will target Upper Rudeis sands and be drilled to 5,500 ft.

Tanganyika also plans to test the deep Nubia potential in Hana field.

Other partners in the block are Drucker Industries Inc. unit Drucker Petroleum Inc., 20%, and Centurion Petroleum Corp., the Egyptian arm of Centurion Energy International Inc., Calgary, which recently acquired a 30% holding from TransAtlantic Petroleum Corp. (OGJ Online, July 17, 2001).

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