Friday, June 17, 2011

Apache announces 5 new discoveries in Egypt Concessions! Multi Play potential opens up!

Apache today announced five new discoveries in its Faghur Basin play in the far southwest of Egypt's Western Desert Oil and Gas province (See Map).

The Faghur discoveries include West Kalabsha-I-4, which logged 79 feet of net pay and test flowed 7150 bpd of oil and 11.4 MMcfd of gas; Faghur North-1X which logged 25 feet of net pay and test flowed 1444 bpd of oil and 3.9 MMcfd gas; Faghur South-1X which logged 38 feet of net pay and tested 2768 bpd of oil and 4 MMcfd of gas; Huni-1X which logged 27 feet of net pay and tested 970 bpd of oil and the Neith North-1X which logged 77 feet of net pay.

"The Faghur Basin continues to be a successful focus area for Apache, with AEB, Safa, and now Paleozoic reservoirs that have proven to be prolific oil and gas producers. These recent discoveries support the multi-pay potential of this oil-prone area of the Western Desert," said Tom Voytovich, vice president of Apache's Egypt Region.

Apache also said that the AG-96 development well in the Abu Gharadig Concession acquired from BP in late 2010 tested 3,347 barrels of oil and 1 million cubic feet (MMcf) of natural gas per day from the Lower Bahariya formation.

Apache paid $650 million to BP in Nov 2010 to acquire four development leases and one exploration concession across 394,300 acres. The assets have estimated proved reserves of 20 million barrels of oil equivalent (59 percent liquids), and first-half 2010 net production of 6,016 barrels of oil and 11 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.  The BP assets also included strategically positioned infrastructure- a natural gas processing plant, a liquefied petroleum gas plant and oil and gas export lines – that will enable Apache to increase production from its existing fields in the Western Desert.

Thus far in 2011, Apache has drilled eight new discoveries in 10 attempts in the Faghur Basin, and drilling is under way on three additional wells —Mandulis-1X, Neilos-1X and Faghur North-2X. Eight additional exploration wells are planned for the area this year. Apache had earlier stated in its 2010 annual report that it plans to drill 65 exploration wells in Egypt in 2011, 50% more than in 2010 (See Table 1 for Apache's exploration wells in 2011). 

Exploratory wells being drilled by Apache as operator globally in 2011. Source: Derrick Petroleum Planned Wells Exploration Database. The table does not include exploration wells where Apache is partner but non-operator. 

Apache had earlier in 2011 redeployed all non-essential expatriate personnel and all expatriate dependents from Egypt. However, key expatriate personnel remained in-country to work alongside Egyptian national personnel to manage ongoing production operations. Apache's production, located in remote locations in the Western Desert continued uninterrupted. 

Earlier in 2011, the Siwa-D-1X well drilled in the Siwa Concession pushed Jurassic and Cretaceous plays farther south and westward and will lead to follow-up exploration prospects. Apache expects to commence production from the well upon approval of a development plan later in 2011.
Apache also said that the the Tayim West-1X discovery in the West Kalabsha Concession represented the first Paleozoic success found in a reservoir separate from the younger proven Jurassic and Cretaceous sands and opens up the area to further deep tests in upcoming wells. The discovery is currently on production.
Apache's current gross operated production in Egypt totals approx. 215,000 barrels of oil and 900 MMcf of gas per day, including 40,000 barrels of oil per day from the Faghur Basin.

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