Apache tests Egypt Faghur basin oil, gas find

Apache Corp., Houston, has gauged a field discovery in Egypt’s Faghur basin at the rate of 4,554 b/d of oil and 10.1 MMcfd of natural gas.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Mar. 26
-- Apache Corp., Houston, has gauged a field discovery in Egypt’s Faghur basin at the rate of 4,554 b/d of oil and 10.1 MMcfd of natural gas.

Flow came from 105 ft of net pay in Jurassic Safa at the West Kalabsha I-1X well, 10 miles southwest of the company’s Phiops field in the Western Desert.

As the result of a string of discoveries in the area, Apache is expanding processing and transportation that will enable production capacity to climb to 40,000 b/d in late 2010 from 8,100 b/d. Apache also sees shortened duration to production from concept.

The most recent discovery elevates the Safa to primary objective status in the basin. The company established Safa production at West Kalabsha-C and Phiops.

The I-1X well, on a 3D seismic prospect, cut pay in more than 200 ft of total sand, demonstrating the potential size of Safa accumulations in the basin.

The company has finished two 3D seismic surveys in the basin and is about to start shooting its largest survey of the year to the west, along the trend established by recent discoveries, in an area void of 3D but where regional 2D data indicate promising geological features.

Apache owns a 100% contractor interest in the West Kalabsha concession and plans to drill four more exploratory wells targeting the Alam el Bueib and Safa formations in the Faghur basin in 2010. Apache will drill an appraisal well 2 miles southwest of the latest discovery before it formulates full development plans.

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