HOUSTON, Apr. 3�Devon Energy Corp., Oklahoma City, Okla., has begun production from its North July field in the Gulf of Suez off Egypt.
North July No. 1 flowed 5,500 b/d of oil and 3 MMcfd of gas from the Rudeis at 9,790-894 ft.
The well is 5 miles offshore in 169 ft of water. It is producing to a three-slot platform.
Devon owns 100% of the field.
Devon also had a discovery in the southern Gulf of Suez with a well in the South-West Gebel El-Zeit concession, 6 miles offshore in 86 ft of water. The SWGEZ-2 well flowed at a combined rate of 6,700 b/d of oil and 2.4 MMcfd of gas from two intervals in the Nubia/Matulla at 7,786-894 ft. The well was drilled 8,040 ft TD
Devon is studying development alternatives for the discovery. Production will require a platform and pipeline.
Devon Energy operates the concession with 43.75% interest. Ocean Energy Inc., Houston, has 43.75% and Forum Exploration Co., an independent Egyptian company, has 12.5%.