The South Batra No.14 appraisal well was spudded on the June 17, 2004 and reached a total measured depth of 10,400 ft also in the Late Miocene Qawasim formation. The whole Abu Madi section was cored successfully and a 158 ft gross Level III interval was identified. A 56 ft net interval was perforated and the completion was run in early July. The well was flow tested directly to the South Batra production facilities and is currently producing 9.7 MMcf and 150 barrels of condensate per day at a well head pressure of 2,800 psi. The rate is expected to increase further as the optimum production rate is established.
Two drilling units are currently operating on the South Batra field. The South Batra No.4 appraisal well, which was spudded on the July 17th and the South Batra No.15 appraisal well which was spudded on the July 28th, are both currently drilling. These wells will also evaluate the potential of the shallower Kafr El Sheikh formation. 720 km(2) of 3-D seismic has already been acquired over the concession and an additional 500 km(2) 3-D survey is currently being acquired over the western part of the concession
Melrose holds a 50% interest in the El Mansoura Concession through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Odyssey Petroleum (El Mansoura) Limited and a 46% interest in the Qantara Concession through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Odyssey Petroleum (Qantara) Limited.
Robert Adair, Chairman, said: 'Our current focus in Egypt is the development of the South Batra field with target gross production of 100 MMcfd by January 2005. A third, smaller drilling rig is expected to arrive shortly to drill the Qantara No.9 exploration well on our Qantara Concession. The rig will then move to the El Mansoura Concession where we plan to drill a number of Pliocene exploration prospects in the area of the Aga discovery over the coming months.'
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