Significant oil and gas discovery in Algeria

May 29, 1998 02:00 AM

Apr. 1, 1998 Anadarko Petroleum along with partners LASMO and Maersk Oil, have announced test results from the El Merk North No. 1 (EMN-1), a new field discovery well in Algeria.
The EMN-1 well tested over 21,000 bpd, the highest flow rate ever achieved by the partners in Algeria.
Anadarko's operations in Algeria are conducted in partnership with Sonatrach, the country's national oil and gas enterprise. This discovery is the 20th exploration well drilled in Algeria since the program began in 1989.
Located on Block 208, the EMN-1 tested at stabilised rates of 21,395 bpd of 47 degrees API gravity oil through three 1-1/2-inch chokes and 15.3 mm cfpd of gas from the Triassic TAGI formation. The well encountered 36 meters of net hydrocarbon pay in the Triassic formation. A second zone in the EMN well tested at 35.7 mm cfpd of gas and 585 bpd through a 40/64-inch choke.

The EMN-1 well is located between other previous discoveries made by Anadarko on Block 208.
One is a group called the El Merk/El Merk Central/El Merk East (EME/EMC/EMK) and is located about 10 km to the south; the other is the El Kheit Et Tessekha (EKT) Field which is located about 12 km to the north of the EMN-1 discovery well.
A 3-D seismic survey is underway at the EKT discovery area. Additional drilling is being considered to further evaluate the entire area.

Anadarko's interest in the Algerian Production Sharing Agreement for Blocks 208, 211, 245 and 404 is 50 % before participation at the exploitation phase by Sonatrach. The Company's two partners are LASMO Oil (Algerie) and Maersk Olie Algerie.

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