Stratic Energy Says Black Sea Gas Project on Schedule

Ayazali Block, Turkey
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Stratic Energy recently announced that activity on the its gas project in the Black Sea, offshore Turkey (Stratic 12.25%), continues in accordance with the Phase I project development plan. First gas is expected in the second half of this year.

Stratic said that its Akkaya-2 development well has been successfully drilled and the operator is currently preparing to test the well. The logs indicate approximately 21 meters of net gas pay, which is in line with Stratic's expectations. Once testing is complete, the Saturn jackup will drill a further development well on the eastern flank of the discovery.

On the Dogu Ayazli structure, the Prometeu jackup has spudded the Dogu Ayazli -2 appraisal well. This well is being drilled toward the northwest flank of the recently announced discovery.

During extended testing of the discovery well Dogu Ayazli-1, which has just been completed, the production rate from the bottom 10 meters of pay improved to more than 9.0 million cubic feet of gas per day (mmcfd) from an initial rate of 7.3 mmcfd as previously reported. Additional exploration drilling locations within the Ayazli - Akkaya trend are under discussion within the partnership.

Planning work for further exploration activity in the deeper-water Akcakoca trend to the north of the Ayazli - Akkaya trend and in the acreage to the east of the current discoveries is well underway. Interpretation of new high-resolution 2D seismic data, acquired in late 2005, has commenced with a view to high-grading prospects for drilling this year. Drilling of the shallow water prospects will follow on from the current Ayazli - Akkaya trend drilling campaign.

The deeper water campaign, which will be conducted with the Southern Cross semisubmersible, is now expected to start late in the third quarter 2006 following an extension of its current activity in the Mediterranean. Construction work for the Phase I development plan, which covers the shallow water Ayazli - Akkaya trend, is proceeding in accordance with the agreed schedule.

The onshore pipeline has been completed and the operator is currently evaluating bids for the offshore pipeline system. Fabrication work on production facilities is gathering pace and the partners recently exercised their option to construct an additional tripod structure to cater for production from the recently announced Dogu Ayazli discovery.

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