The EDC-53 drilling rig has recently completed operations on the Buhut No.1 well targeting a Qawasim exploration prospect located on the El Mansoura concession. The well encountered good reservoir sands with minor gas shows but was not considered to be commercially viable as a producer and has been plugged and abandoned. The drilling rig is now moving to drill another Qawasim prospect, West Zahira, which has unrisked mean reserves of 124 billion cubic feet of gas plus hydrocarbon liquids potential and an estimated 30% chance of success.
The EDC-9 drilling rig draw works were damaged during transportation between drilling locations. While this has caused delays to the drilling program in the short term, a replacement draw works has been sourced and is expected to be installed by February 2008. In light of this, a third drilling rig has been contracted to start operations on the El Mansoura concession during the first quarter of 2008 and any lost time in the drilling program will be made up in the first half of 2008.
Commenting on the above, David Thomas, Chief Executive, said:
"Bringing the West Dikirnis field on production is a significant milestone for Melrose. This is a high quality field, which will transform the cash generation of the business in 2008 and beyond. The Melrose team has worked cohesively with our Egyptian joint operating company and again demonstrated our ability to bring fields on stream very rapidly after discovery."
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