Nile Delta well indicates gas shows

GDF Suez’s latest exploration well in Egypt’s offshore Nile Delta region has encountered gas shows, according to partner Dana Petroleum.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK -- GDF Suez’s latest exploration well in Egypt’s offshore Nile Delta region has encountered gas shows, according to partner Dana Petroleum.

The well on the high pressure Bamboo prospect was drilled to the planned TD of around 12,533 ft (3,820 m). Dana says good quality sands were encountered in the primary target, although petrophysical interpretation of the logs acquired across the reservoir interval suggests these sands are water bearing.

A 16-ft (5-m) interval of sands with gas shows was intersected in the Kafer el Sheikh formation, which may warrant a more detailed subsurface interpretation. The well is being abandoned temporarily, leaving the option for a re-entry at some point.

In the UK southern North Sea, Dana as operator has completed work on its Monkwell 42/29a-10 appraisal well. The targeted Lower Leman sandstone reservoir was encountered 200 ft (61 m) deep to prognosis. Sand came in below the area’s gas/water contact, which suggests the volumes of Monkwell’s gas are sub-economic.

The rig will next transfer to drill the Tolmount prospect for operator EON. Ruhrgas.

06/24/2010

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