Egypt

TransGlobe Energy Corp., Calgary, reported a discovery at Safwa-1, second exploratory well on the 858-sq-km East Ghazalat Block in the northern Abu Gharadig basin of Egypt’s Western Desert.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Mar. 25
– TransGlobe Energy Corp., Calgary, reported a discovery at Safwa-1, second exploratory well on the 858-sq-km East Ghazalat Block in the northern Abu Gharadig basin of Egypt’s Western Desert.

It tested from Cretaceous at the rate of 300 b/d of 38° gravity oil on a short-term test that confirmed the presence of good reservoir and movable oil. More tanks and pumping equipment will be moved in for longer-term tests.

The third exploratory well, Sahab-1, targets a Jurassic-Paleozoic prospect. TransGlobe took a farmout from Vegas Oil & Gas SA, Athens, in January 2010 to earn 50% working interest in the block.

In a refracturing program on the 100% owned West Gharib block west of the Gulf of Suez, Arta-9 appears to have stabilized at 210 b/d of oil compared with 25 b/d before the refrac. The vertical Arta-2, 4, and 8 were refract in mid-March, and a multistage frac program is being designed for the Arta-12 horizontal well drilled in 2009.

Hoshia-8 was cased as a Rudeis-Nukhul oil well and will be evaluated for a frac similar to those at Arta field.

Hana-21 in northern Hana field is cased as a Kareem producer, and the rig will move to southern Hana field to drill Hana-22 before drilling Arta-13.

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