Latest appraisal well confirms Zohr gas field potential offshore Egypt

Offshore staff

SAN DONATO MILANESE, Italy – Eni has drilled the Zohr 5x well to the final TD of 14,271 ft (4,350 m) in the Shorouk block offshore Egypt.

Zohr 5x, the fifth well on the Zohr structure, is in 1,538 m (5,046 ft) of water depth and 12 km (7.5 mi) southwest from the discovery well Zohr 1x.

The well proved the presence of a carbonatic reservoir and gas accumulation also in the southwestern part of the Zohr mega-structure encountering about 180 m (590 ft) of continuous hydrocarbon column. The results are confirming the potential of the Zohr field at 30 tcf OGIP.

Eni says the well was also successfully tested opening 90 m (295 ft) of reservoir section to production. The data collected during the test confirmed the great deliverability of the Zohr reservoir, in line with the Zohr 2 well test, producing more than 50 MMcf/d limited only by the constraints of the drillship production facilities.

In the production configuration, the well is estimated to deliver up to 250 MMcf/d.  

The drilling campaign on Zohr will continue in 2016 with the drilling of the sixth well that will ensure the accelerated start up production rate of 1 bcf/d.  The company expects to reach first gas by the end of 2017.

Eni, through its subsidiary IEOC Production B.V., holds a 100% stake in the Shorouk block. Petrobel is operating the activities on behalf of Petroshorouk, an equal joint venture between IEOC and the state company Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Co. (EGAS).


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