Dana Gas begins drilling onshore Nile Delta’s Balsam-2 well

Dana Gas has started drilling the Balsam-2 development well on the Balsam lease onshore the Nile delta (OGJ Online, Feb. 18, 2014).

The well, which is being drilled by Egyptian Drilling Co.’s Rig No. 48, is targeting the Qawasim formation at a depth of 3,200 m. A slanted and fully cored pilot hole will be drilled through the Qawasim reservoir, which will be followed by the drilling of a 700-m horizontal section.

Expected to take 4 months to drill and complete, Balsam-2 will be Dana Gas Egypt’s first horizontal well, and one of very few to date onshore the Nile Delta, the company says.

The well also is the first in a major drilling campaign comprising some 30 wells and a large number of workovers to be drilled over the next 3 years as part of the gas production enhancement agreement work commitment.

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