Egypt: West Kom Ombo basement prospect dry

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Jan. 18
-- Energean Oil & Gas, Athens, has plugged the WKO-X1 frontier exploratory well in the 31,521 sq km West Kom Ombo block in southern Egypt.

The well went to a total depth of 3,253 ft. After drilling through heavily karstified limestones, it encountered a succession of alternating thick shale intervals and sandstones, in cases with good reservoir characteristics. The bottomhole rock cuttings were identified to be granitic basement.

While elevated gas readings were detected in parts of the sedimentary sections above the basement, no hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir rocks were encountered. The well was plugged after acquisition of a logging suite and a vertical seismic profile, which are expected to contribute to the optimization of future exploratory steps.

The Sino Tharwa ST-2 rig is being prepared to move to drill Prospect B about 100 km southwest of the WKO-1X drillsite.

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