Apache Corp. has reported two Jurassic oil discoveries in the Faghur basin in Egypt’s Western Desert.
The Faghur Deep-1X flowed at a rate of 6,671 b/d of oil and 2.76 MMcfd of gas. The Neilos-1X discovery on the Neith South development lease test-flowed at 4,179 b/d and 4.2 MMcfd of gas. Both wells produce from the Jurassic Safa formation, and Neilos-1X also encountered two Cretaceous Alam El Bueib pay sands that were not tested.
The prospects were located by evaluating modern 3D seismic shot over the southwestern part of the Khalda Offset concession and the southern part of the West Kalabsha concession.
Apache this year has drilled and-or completed 11 exploratory wells resulting in nine new field discoveries in the Faghur basin play. Two exploratory wells are drilling, and seven more are to reach total depth before the end of 2011.
Tom Voytovich, vice-president of Apache’s Egypt Region, said, “The Faghur basin continues to be a successful focus area for Apache, with prolific oil and gas production from the AEB, Safa, and Paleozoic reservoirs that demonstrates the multiple-pay potential of this area of the Western Desert.”