CAIRO -- BP’s latest development well on its North Shadwan Concession offshore Egypt, NS 377-5, has reached a depth of 920 m (3,018 ft), according to partner Beach Energy. To date, 13 3/8-in., casing has been run and cemented, and the blow-out preventer is currently being installed.
The well, spud by the land rig Nafta-1 from an onshore location on Jan. 12, has been designed to target oil in the Kareem formation updip and to the north of the recently drilled NS 377-3 development well. As with NS 377-3, NS 377-5 will be a high angle, horizontal well.
North Shadwan is in water depths of 20-40 m (65.6-131 ft), close to the eastern shore of the Gulf of Suez. Oil will be exported via an overland pipeline to an onshore process plant. Start-up is due in June.