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Europa Oil & Gas said that the Bilca-2 well in Romania, which encountered gas while
drilling in early 2005 but was suspended without testing, has now been
perforated, tested, and completed as a production well. A short clean-up test on
a restricted choke has demonstrated commercial gas production.
A clean-up rate of approximately 1 mmscfpd, achieved through an 8-mm choke is
comparable to the flow rates obtained on a similar choke on the Bilca-1 well,
which went on to test at 6.3 mmscfpd (1,050 boepd) through a 20-mm choke. The
well has now been temporarily shut-in in preparation for commercial field
production, which is due to commence in late-August.
The Bilca project lies in the northern part of the Romanian Carpathians, a
prolific oil and gas province. Europa and its partners drilled Bilca-2 on the
western extension of the Bilca seismic anomaly in early 2005 following the
success of Bilca-1, and the well was cased without being tested. Europa’s partners include Falcon Oil & Gas srl (a subsidiary of Aurelian Oil & Gas plc), Romgaz SA, and Millennium IRL (a subsidiary of Ascent Resources plc).
“We are pleased with these initial results for the Bilca-2 well,” said Paul Barrett, Europa’s managing director. “This will ensure we have a full complement of production wells ready to supply the start-up of the Bilca production facilities in a little over a month’s time.”