Circle Oil: KSS-A Well Onshore Morocco Plugged & Abandoned

Circle Oil announced Wednesday that the Ksiri South (KSS-A) well on the Sebou permit, onshore Morocco, has been plugged and abandoned.

The exploration well, which was targeting two objectives in the Miocene Gaddari sands, encountered unexpected lithology above the primary objectives and was plugged and abandoned as a result. Technical data from the well is being assessed in line with available seismic data, with a view to exploring further drilling in this area at a later date, according to Circle Oil.

The rig used to drill KSS-A will now be mobilized to drill the Ksiri West (KSR-A) exploration well in the Sebou permit in the Rharb Basin. This well is targeting Miocene Hoot sandstones in a structurally downthrown location which has been penetrated successfully by the KSR-8, KSR-10, KSR-11 and KSR-12 wells.

Mitch Flegg, Circle Oil CEO, commented in a company statement:

 "The drilling conditions at KSS-A proved challenging and as a result it was decided to plug and abandon the well in order to allow time for a new well design to be engineered. This was the most cost-effective approach and it will allow drilling of the KSR-A well to commence ahead of schedule. Although we are disappointed to have not reached the prognosed target depth of KSS-A, we have minimized any cost implications by quickly moving on to the next well in the campaign."

The Sebou permit is a partnership between Circle Oil Maroc Limited (75 percent) and ONHYM (Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines) (25 percent).

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