Dana Gas, the Middle East's first and largest regional private sector natural gas company, has announced that its current drilling campaign in Egypt has led to yet another significant gas and condensate discovery at its Salma-1 well in its Nile Delta Concession.
The news follows closely on last month's announcement by the company of a significant discovery of gas and condensate reserves, estimated in excess of 130 billion cubic feet (bcf) of gas, at its El Basant-2 well, also in the Nile Delta Concession.
The Salma-1 well is the Company's second well drilled in the West Qantara Concession, approximately 15 kilometers from Dana Gas's South Manzala gas processing facilities. It was spudded on December 1, 2008, reaching a total depth of 2,231 meters. The first production test on the well was initiated before the end of December 2008.
The well penetrated 25 meters of net pay in the good quality sandstone reservoir of the Abu Madi formation, and additional reserves are currently estimated to exceed 150 billion cubic feet of gas. An additional four meters of sandstone gas pay was encountered in the shallower Kafr El Sheikh formation.
"We are very pleased with the results of Dana Gas's aggressive drilling program last year, and the excellent results yielded by the Salma-1 well definitely call for more exploratory drilling in the area, where there are several similar prospects which we will be planning soon," said Mr. Ahmed Al-Arbeed, Dana Gas Upstream Executive Director. "These discoveries have already achieved the ambitious targets we set for 2008 and will potentially double the Company’s reserves in Egypt, setting a strong foundation for further growth in reserves and production."
Dr. Hany Elsharkawi, Dana Gas Country Director for Egypt, added, "So far, the first production test has produced 17.2 million cubic feet of gas per day and 415 barrels (bbls) of condensate per day through a 36/64" choke, giving a total of 3,280 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day. A second test in a shallower Abu Madi reservoir zone will be carried out once the first production test has been completed, and we are also preparing a development plan, which will include several appraisal and development wells for Salma-1." Dr. Elsharkawi continued, "A testing program is currently underway to test all hydrocarbon potential zones for this discovery and determine the total volume of the new reserves in the area, which are currently estimated to exceed 200 billion cubic feet of gas."
Dana Gas ended 2008 with a daily production rate from its Egyptian operations of 31,640 boe and an average annual rate of 28,900 boe. Dana Gas' aggressive drilling programme in the past year has yielded multiple discoveries in different areas of its Egypt concessions, significantly enhancing the Company's reserves. Consequently, both production rates and asset valuations are set to be enhanced in 2009.
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