SUBIACO, Australia – Tunisia’s Director General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) has accepted an application by Alpine Oil and Gas (AOG) to vary work commitments on the offshore Kerkouane license.
AOG, a subsidiary ofADX Energy, will now drill the Dougga Sud well and conduct productivity testing of the Dougga gas/condensate reservoirs.
The previous requirement had been for an exploration well and the acquisition of 500 sq km (193 sq mi) of 3D seismic.
These revisions are a pre-condition to the entry into a second, three-year renewal period for the permit.
DGH has also advised it requires a bank guarantee in relation to the modified program, although this will be lifted on the testing of the Dougga Sud well.
Last month ADX agreed a to contract with Noble Drilling Services for use of the drillshipGlobeTrotter II for the well.
In addition, the company is in discussions with various parties interested in participating in and providing funding for the well.