Apache: Alexandrite 1X to Go Onstream Within Week

Apache Corporation on Thursday announced that its Alexandrite 1X well discovered natural gas and condensate from a recompletion in the Alam El Bueib 6 (AEB 6) formation on Apache's Matruh Concession in the Western Desert of Egypt.

The well tested 19.8 million cubic feet of gas and 4,045 barrels of condensate per day -- establishing the first commercial production from the AEB 6 formation on the concession. The Alexandrite 1X is expected to commence production from the formation within the next week.

The nearest AEB 6 production is in Apache's Emerald field, approximately 30 kilometers (20 miles) east of the Alexandrite 1X, which was drilled in 2003 to a depth of 15,300 feet. The Alexandrite 1X initially was completed in the Jurassic Upper Safa formation, producing a total of 3 billion cubic feet of gas and 514,000 barrels of condensate since November 2003.

Apache tested 37 feet of net pay in two AEB 6 segments between 12,112 feet and 12,198 feet. The test was conducted with 1,650 pounds per square inch of flowing wellhead pressure on a one-inch choke.

Apache is planning additional drilling for Jurassic and AEB targets in the Alexandrite 1X area in 2007.

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