Tamar flow test increases resource potential

Noble Energy has announced flow test results from the Tamar natural gas discovery in the Matan license, offshore Israel.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON -- Noble Energy has announced flow test results from the Tamar natural gas discovery in the Matan license, offshore Israel. Testing procedures, which were performed over a limited 59-ft (18-m) section of the lowest reservoir, yielded a flow rate of 30 MMcf/d of natural gas. The flow rate was limited by testing equipment available on the rig. Performance modeling indicates the well can be ultimately completed to achieve a production rate of over 150 MMcf/d, the company says.

The pre-drill gross mean resource potential for Tamar was originally estimated at 3.1 tcf of natural gas. Immediately following discovery, the company estimated the gross resource potential to be at least equal to the pre-drill mean estimate. After analysis of all the post-drill and production test data, the estimated gross mean resource potential of Tamar has now been increased to 5 fcf.

The company and its partners have elected to keep the semisubmersibleAtwood Hunter offshore Israel for two additional wells. Subsequent to operations at the Tamar No.1 well, the drilling rig will proceed to the Dalit exploration prospect in the Michal license.

Dalit has a pre-drill gross mean resource of about 700 bcf of natural gas with an approximate 40% chance of success. Located in 4,500 ft (1,372 m) of water and 28 mi (45 km) offshore, the well has a proposed total depth of about 12,500 ft (3,810 m). Immediately after concluding operations at Dalit, the rig will be relocated to Tamar where it will drill an appraisal well to further define the resources of the structure.

02/10/2009

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