PA evaluating Tunisia developments

PA Resources says it expects to complete a 3D seismic survey on its Zarat license offshore Tunisia in mid-June.

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STOCKHOLM -- PA Resources says it expects to complete a 3D seismic survey on its Zarat license offshore Tunisia in mid-June. CGGVeritas started work on the program in mid-March, using the M/V Princess.

Once the survey has been completed, PA plans to drill an appraisal well on the Elyssa discovery. The company is performing evaluation and planning ahead for development of Elyssa and Zarat.

At the offshore Didon field, two of the five production wells have been shut in to allow pressure to be increased in the reservoir. PA says Didon will continue to operate with periodic closures for pressure compensation.

The company plans to install a new triplex pump, which should improve production, although over the long term output will fall due to natural decline.

The Didon platform now is controlled remotely from the field’s storage vessel. Early this year, PA installed measurement equipment on the vessel for oil export purposes.

In other parts of the world, PA is a partner in the Mer Profond Sud license offshore Republic of Congo. Here two appraisal wells should be drilled this year on the Turquoise discovery, results of which should form the basis for a development decision. In addition, the partners plan to drill an exploratory well on the nearby Cobalt discovery.

In June, the M/V Princess will transfer to western Greenland to acquire up to 6,300 km (3,914 mi) of 2D seismic over offshore block 8, where PA is operator, in partnership with NunaOil. The survey should take eight to 10 weeks to complete.

PA has plans for further seismic surveys over UK license P1342 and blocks Q7 and Q10a off the Netherlands. And it is lining up two wells on its Danish licenses during the first part of 2011.

04/28/2010

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