Apache makes new discovery on Ras El Hekma concession

Dec 27, 2002 01:00 AM

Apache made a new discovery on its Ras El Hekma concession 18 mi northeast of the company's Khalda concession off Egypt. The Emerald-1X flowed at 4,285 barrel of condensate and 16.9 mm cfpd on a 1-inch choke with 1,311 lbs/sq inch of flowing wellhead pressure.
The discovery logged 218 ft of net pay in multiple Alem El Bueib reservoirs. There were 184 ft of net pay in the AEB 5A, 5 b, and AEB 6 reservoirs with no observed water contact.

The Emerald-1X tested a 1,200-acre structure and perforated 34 net ft of pay in the AEB 6 sand in two intervals between 11,848 ft and 11,892 ft. "Our improved understanding of the Tarek-Ras El Hekma fault trend offers great potential," said Rodney J. Eichler, Apache's regional vice president and general manager in Egypt. "We have just found AEB sands 180-200 ft up-dip of any previous penetrations, and we have flow rates from the AEB 6 that are the highest ever recorded from that Ras El Hekma reservoir."
At shallower depths between 10,010 ft and 11,644 ft, the Emerald-1X logged 88 ft of gas/condensate pay in the AEB 5 bn sand and 19 ft of oil pay in the AEB 3E sand. The company drilled the well to 12,440 ft TD. Apache is the operator with 100 % contractor interest.

New 3-D seismic interpretation indicates the discovery has significant development and delineation potential, which Apache plans to test with a second well, the Emerald-2X.
The well is Apache's 11th discovery in Egypt and 16th discovery worldwide this year. It is expected to be on production by year-end with gas and condensate going to the Tarek field gas plant.

Source: OGJ
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