Eurogas Corporation has commenced drilling on the Ras el Besh structure on the Sfax Exploration Permit in Tunisia. The Ras el Besh 3 (REB3) well is the first well drilled by Eurogas and its partners on this oil structure located 30 kilometers off the east coast of Tunisia in the Gulf of Gabes in 12 meters of water. Two prior wells, REB1 and REB2, drilled by a previous operator in the 1990's were located off the crest of the structure and were abandoned after REB2 tested oil to surface at an equivalent rate of 612 bopd.
The main target for the REB3 will be the Tertiary El Garia carbonates that produce oil and gas in several large fields along a trend that extends from offshore Libya through the Sfax permit to onshore Tunisia. REB3 will initially be drilled as a vertical pilot hole to a depth of 1,800 meters in order to evaluate the reserve potential, and, depending on the results of the evaluation, will then be sidetracked horizontally for approximately 1 kilometer. The drilling of REB3 could take up to 70 days depending on the results of the well.
The Delta Queen jack-up rig, owned by Sea Wolf Oil Services Limited, has been contracted to drill two wells with an option for two additional wells. Subject to favorable results of the REB3 well, an additional well, REB4, will be drilled in the Ras el Besh structure. After drilling at Ras el Besh has been completed, the rig will be moved to evaluate the Jawhara oil structure, located approximately 30 kilometers south of Ras el Besh, which was also drilled by a previous operator, testing oil to surface at an equivalent rate of 1200 bopd.
REB3 is the first well drilled under the partnership arrangement announced on April 8, 2008 between Eurogas, Atlas Petroleum Exploration Worldwide, Ltd. (APEX) and Delta Hydrocarbons B.V. In accordance with the partnership agreement with Delta, the costs of the wells, as currently planned, will be borne by Delta, as part of a larger commitment to earn a 50 % participation in the Sfax permit. After the total commitment has been fulfilled by Delta, Eurogas will retain 22.5%, APEX 27.5% and Delta 50% participating interest in the Sfax Offshore Permit.
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