The well is being drilled into the central area of the Middle Eocene reservoir, which is more highly fractured, and where production rates in the past have been higher. It will be deviated between the N4 and N49 wells that have been two of the field's better producers in the past. The Ninotsminda Field is a fractured reservoir, which is best exploited through horizontal drilling, as demonstrated by the previous horizontal well, N98H. It is planned to drill the horizontal section for a total distance of 640 meters.
The initial planned testing programme on the N100 exploration oil discovery has now been completed. Although oil was recovered, production rates are deemed to be non-commercial at this stage. The Company is considering several options to enhance productivity, including fracture stimulation of the well in light of the positive results of injectivity testing and data obtained whilst drilling. Additionally, the well could provide a potential site for a future horizontal sidetrack following the results of well N4H. The well has now been suspended pending further technical review. . The well was drilled to 16,165 feet (4,927 meters) reaching total depth in the Lower Eocene / Paleocene section.
CanArgo also announces that, following its participation in the first International Bid Round in Syria, it has recently won exclusive rights to negotiate a Production Sharing Contract (PSC) for Block XIX in southern Syria. These negotiations have now commenced, and award of the PSC is subject to satisfactory conclusion of these negotiations and ratification of the PSC by the Syrian Parliament. The block comprises 6,000 km2 of under-explored acreage in the Sirhan Basin in the south of the country, bordering Jordan. There are two oil and gas plays in the block, one Paleozoic and one Mesozoic; these plays have been successfully exploited in both eastern Iraq and more recently in neighbouring north-eastern Jordan. On the successful signing of the PSC it is planned to acquire seismic data during an initial period in order to identify leads prior to committing to an exploration drilling programme. CanArgo is seeking suitable partners to work with on this PSC.
CanArgo CEO Dr. David Robson commented, "This new horizontal well has good potential to boost production and increase cash flow in the short term. Production for Ninotsminda has remained stable over the last six months and we are particularly encouraged by the stable performance of our existing horizontal well N98H. Through this development program we intend to balance our portfolio with lower risk development wells targeting proven reserves, whilst actively pursuing the more exciting exploration plays that we have identified previously. The suspended Manavi and Norio exploration wells are secure and drilling of these high potential prospects will be completed when suitable partners are found. Whilst we are disappointed by the results of N100 this is one target in a portfolio that includes other good prospects. For CanArgo to be awarded exclusive negotiating rights in such a prolific hydrocarbon producing region as Syria is a great achievement for the company and further strengthens our portfolio."
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