OMV tests S. Tunisian gas-condensate find

OMV AG’s Tunisian subsidiary reported a gas-condensate discovery in the Silurian Acacus formation in the Ghadames basin 700 km south of Tunis.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Feb. 16
-- OMV AG’s Tunisian subsidiary reported a gas-condensate discovery in the Silurian Acacus formation in the Ghadames basin 700 km south of Tunis.

The Fella-1 well in the Nawara production concession on the Jenein Sud block flowed 16 MMcfd of gas and 400 b/d of condensate from a single 13-m zone. The well, drilled to a total depth of 4,635 m, found 31 m of net gas-condensate pay in several reservoirs at 3,720-3,980 m, and OMV said the well’s flow potential is much higher.

Reservoir thickness and condensate yield are equal to the best seen in OMV’s previous wells in the area and exceed the predrill estimate.

OMV said Fella is the fifth successive discovery at Jenein Sud in the last 4 years. It spudded the Ahlem-2 appraisal well on Feb. 9. The company plans to drill more exploratory wells and eventually develop the discoveries.

OMV and Tunisia’s state ETAP each holds 50% interest in Nawara.

OMV entered Tunisia in the early 1970s, and its 2003 acquisition of Preussag AG’s international exploration and production holdings gave OMV access to seven producing oil fields in southeastern Tunisia, the largest being Ashtart.

OMV has interests in two exploration and five production licenses in Tunisia. It operates the Jenein Sud exploration block and in April 2008 acquired an 80% operated share in the Sidi Mansour exploration area.

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