Fuchsia well targeting oil off Tunisia

The jackup Ensco 105 has spud the Fuchsia-1 exploratory well in the Gulf of Hammamet, offshore Tunisia.

Offshore staff

SOUTH PERTH, Australia -- The jackup Ensco 105 has spud the Fuchsia-1 exploratory well in the Gulf of Hammamet, offshore Tunisia.

According to Cooper Energy, a partner to operator Storm Ventures International, Fuchsia-1 is targeting primarily Birsa formation sandstones and oil in the range 28-78 MMbbl. The nearest oil fields are Maamoura 15 km (9.3 mi) to the west and Cosmos 10 km (6.2 mi) to the east.

After reaching the target TD of 2,900 m (9,514 ft), the plan is to evaluate the formation via logs. If there is a discovery, logging should provide the necessary data to confirm the range of hydrocarbon volumes.

No production test is planned, as offset well and field analogues show that the Birsa sandstones are prolific in this region. If hydrocarbons are present, Cooper is confident they will be producible.

The company hopes to be able to provide a definite picture within 20-25 days. Whatever the outcome, Fuchsia-1 has been designed as a “finder” well, and will be P & A’d.

05/24/2010

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