Range Resources announced the initial results from the draft report entitled Seismic Interpretation, Field Mapping and Evaluation of Prospective Hydrocarbon Volumes across the Company's two Georgian blocks (Block VIa and Block VIb) completed by leading International Oil and Gas Seismic Consultancy firm RPS Energy (RPS).
RPS has identified a total of 68 structural culminations across the two blocks each of which potentially contains stacked reservoirs. Total combined best estimate of gross unrisked oil-inplace across these 68 identified structural culminations amounts to 2,045 million barrels. Recovery factors for oil in place can be conservatively estimated at 30%.
Of the 68 identified prospective targets across the two blocks, 6 structures have been prioritized as being ready for drilling. Of these 6 structures, total gross unrisked oil-in-place has been estimated at 728 million barrels.
Exploration and Production History
Oil seeps are widespread in Georgia, with exploration in the country have commenced during the 19th century, by exploitation of the surface seeps and shallow drilling beneath them. The first substantive discovery, the Supsa Field near the Black Sea, was made in 1889 and still produces small amounts of oil today.
Georgia is a reasonably well established hydrocarbon producing province with a number of discoveries and seeps along the Greater Caucasus and Achara-Trialet frontal folds, which are present along the northern and southern margins of the two licenses, where there are numerous oil and gas seeps. There have been a number small to medium discoveries to date, with the largest being the Samgori field, which was discovered in 1974 and has produced more than 165mmbbls to date, with an estimated 200mmbls of recoverable reserves. The trend of oil discoveries in Georgia confirms the presence of a working hydrocarbon system that extends from Georgia into the Black Sea.
Mobilization / Drilling Scheduling
Range and Strait are finalizing the mobilization and drilling program and will update in due course.
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