OMV Makes A Discovery at Sourour-1 in Southern Tunisia


OMV Aktiengesellschaft has announced the discovery and successful testing of condensate and gas in its Sourour-1 exploration well in the Jenein Sud exploration permit in Southern Tunisia. This is the fourth successful discovery in the permit within the last two years and highlights the potential of this block, which is operated by OMV (Tunesien) Exploration GmbH.

The exploration well reached a total depth of 4,013 m and encountered a total of 20 m net gas and condensate pay in several layers at depths ranging from 3,700 m to 3,950 m. Further exploration and appraisal activities in the area are the currently ongoing 3D seismic survey and the planned drilling of additional wells.

Helmut Langanger, OMV Executive Board member responsible for Exploration and Production stated, "This promising series of discoveries in our Jenein Sud exploration block supports our efforts to grow in Tunisia, an important country in our North African core region."

The cumulative flow rate of all layers tested by the Sourour-1 well amounts to 1,200 bbl/d of condensate and 58 mn cf/d (9,700 boe/d) of gas. Drilling of the next well in the block, the Ahlem-2 appraisal well, is expected to commence in January 2009. Acquisition of 600 km2 of additional 3D seismic was started in mid-July and will be completed by the end of the year. OMV and the Tunisian national oil company ETAP each hold a 50% interest in the Jenein Sud exploration permit, which covers an area of 1,992 km2, 700 km south of the Tunisian capital Tunis.