AWE reported that the Al Measar-2 appraisal well in Block 7, Yemen, started drilling at 0400 hours Yemen time (-8 hours EDST) on October 9, 2010. At 0600 hours on October 13, 2010, the well was cementing 20" casing at a measured depth of 257 meters.
Al Meashar-2 is the first appraisal well of the Al Meashar-1 oil discovery, which was drilled in early 2010. The discovery encountered oil in the fracture basement; however oil flow rates were limited due to potential reservoir damage which was incurred while drilling.
The appraisal well will be drilled from the existing Al Meashar-1 well pad and deviated parallel to the discovery well. The well is planned to be drilled using Managed Pressure Drilling, which is designed to minimize damage from drilling fluids in the reservoir. The well will be drilled to a planned total measured depth of 3,740 meters.
The participants in Block 7 are:
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