Sambuca touted as among ‘largest undrilled structures in the Mediterranean’

Tunisian authority Comite Consultatif des Hydrocarbures has approved AuDAX Resources’ work program to drill one exploration well to 3,000 m (9,843 ft) in the Kerkouane permit offshore Tunisia.

Offshore staff

PERTH, Australia -- Tunisian authority Comite Consultatif des Hydrocarbures has approved AuDAX Resources’ work program to drill one exploration well to 3,000 m (9,843 ft) in the Kerkouane permit offshore Tunisia.

The company has contracted Petroleum Geoservices to acquire a 670-sq km (2,198-sq mi) 3D seismic survey over the area using Geostreamer Technology. Seismic acquisition is scheduled for March.

Previous exploration work within the Pantelleria and Kerkouane permits has identified prospects and leads, including the drill-ready Sambuca prospect extending east into the adjacent Pantelleria permit across the Italian/Tunisian maritime border. Data indicates the prospect may be one of the largest undrilled structures in the Mediterranean Sea, AuDAX says.

AuDAX has contracted Atwood Oceanics’ semisub Atwood Southern Cross to drill a well on the Sambuca prospect. It is expected to spud in June.

02/26/2010

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