SDX Energy has spud the final well in its Moroccan campaign, the company said on April 27, after announcing a further heavy oil discovery in Egypt, on April 24.
The LMS-1 exploration well, on Morocco’s Lalla Mimouna permit, is the last of the nine-well programme. Work should take 15-20 days, it said. Success would allow it to be linked in to the existing infrastructure.
The eighth well in the Moroccan campaign, LNB-1, also on the Lalla Mimouna permit, found a significantly larger resource than that found on its Sebou permit. The well reached a total depth of 1,861 metres and, in the Lafkarena sequence, found 300 metres of gas-bearing horizons in an over-pressured section.
While it was unable to log this section, the company said there were indications of a new petroleum system. Based on mudlog shows, the management has given an unrisked recoverable gas resource estimate of 288 mcm. This size, it continued, would be sufficient to justify development and connection to the existing infrastructure. As such, it helps make the case for a potential commercial development at LMS-1.
The Lafkarena section in the LNB-1 well will be suspended until equipment can be moved into position to test and produce from the over-pressured section. Meanwhile, SDX said it would complete the Upper Dlalha section as a conventional producer.
“We had anticipated a higher-pressure section, based upon offset drilling in the area, but the actual pressures encountered, the thickness of the section, and the type and amount of shows significantly exceeded our expectations,” said SDX’s CEO, Paul Welch.
In March, SDX said it had tested the SAH-2 well, on the Sebou permit, at an average rate of 365,300 cubic metres per day.
Meanwhile, the Rabul 4 well reached a total depth of 1,600 metres, finding 13 metres of net heavy oil pay in the Yusr and Bakr formations, with an average porosity of 16%. SDX said the well would be completed as a producer and connected to processing facilities at Meseda.
Once this well has been completed, the rig will move on to the Meseda field, where two development wells will be drilled.
Welch noted that the Rabul 4 well completed the initial development of structure, which was discovered in October 2017. “The four successful wells drilled to date in the Rabul structure will contribute significantly to our production volumes in 2018. The Rabul 5 well was recently put on production, using an ESP completion, and came on at just over 2,000 bpd of oil from the Bakr sand.”