HAMBURG, Germany -- RWE Dea has hit gas pay with the Ruby-3 exploration well in the West Nile Delta.
The Ruby-3 (Ji 50-2) exploration well, located within the offshore West Mediterranean Deepwater concession, was drilled in 920 m (3,018 ft) water depth and reached a total depth of 1,957 m (6,421 ft). Gas bearing sandstones were penetrated in the Pliocene section, the company says. Evaluation of the drilling results is ongoing.
Ruby-3 was the last of six exploration and appraisal wells drilled by BP and RWE Dea within the West Nile Delta (WND) in 2008. The well penetrated one segment of the Maadi prospect, which extends into other concessions.
"With gas proven in the Ruby-3 well, chances increase that more gas may be discovered in the other, so far undrilled segments of Maadi," says Hans-Hermann Andreae, GM of RWE Dea Egypt. "However, prior to further appraisal of Maadi we will focus on development of several of the other gas fields discovered in the West Nile Delta area. These fields have been discovered earlier and some of them were successfully appraised in 2008."