GDF Suez/Dana uncover more gas in offshore Nile Delta

GDF Suez reports a second gas discovery in its West El Burullus concession in Egypt’s offshore Nile Delta.

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CAIRO -- GDF Suez reports a second gas discovery in its West El Burullus concession in Egypt’s offshore Nile Delta.

The Papyrus-1X well was drilled in a water depth of around 20 m (65.6 ft) to a total measured depth of 1,900 m (6,233 ft), targeting a Pliocene prospect comprising a turbiditic sand system. According to partner Dana Petroleum, the well encountered good quality gas-bearing channel sands, and wireline log data was acquired over the reservoir.

A multi-rate drillstem test has been completed. The well flowed gas at up to 33 MMcf/d and 442 b/d of condensate. Flow rates were constrained by the drillstem test equipment, and Dana says it was encouraged that downhole pressures remained high during the operation.

The partners plan to analyze the data and assess the commerciality both of Papyrus and a neighboring discovery on the concession, WEB-1X, with Egypt’s EGAS. GDF Suez and Dana are evaluating concepts to facilitate a combined early development of the two finds.

Papyrus-1X well is being suspended for potential re-entry and future use as a gas producer. The rig is to transfer to the much larger Bamboo prospect in the same concession area. Dana describes Bamboo as a large, Miocene channel and that it should take around 90 days to drill to top reservoir.

02/10/2010

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