CAIRO --Dana Petroleum has spudded a sidetrack to its South July-1 well offshore Egypt in the Gulf of Suez. The original well, in the South East July concession, was drilled to a total depth of 3,927 m (12,884 ft) and found indications of hydrocarbons in the Rudeis formation Yusr sands.
The sidetrack is targeting this structure's up-dip potential: one partner has elected not to participate, allowing Dana to increase its stake in the well from 40% to 66.7%.
Elsewhere in the Gulf of Suez, Dana plans to drill further prospects this year close to its West El Burullus-1X well, which tested gas at 26 MMcf/d in the shallow Kafr El Sheik formation. The volumes discovered, being relatively close to the shore in shallow water, are thought to be potentially economic.
Dana has also been stepping up development activity. On its East Zeit field, the company drilled the new C2 well and a sidetrack of the C1 well using a jackup over the C-platform. This, allied to production optimization measures, helped lift average output from the field by 53% to around 6,900 b/d.
Currently Dana is performing workovers using a hydraulic workover unit positioned on the A platform to further lift production from East Zeit.