Morocco lets tender for Gharb basin acreage

Morocco’s Office National des Hydrocorbures et des Mines (ONHYM) has set an Aug. 19 deadline for acreage in the Gharb Centre area of the greater Gharb basin in the northern portion of the country. The tender includes 1,362 sq km of acreage, excluding three zones where ONHYM fields and infrastructure exist.

Exploration in the region has increased since the early 2000s. ONHYM retains 1,620 km of 2D seismic and 527 sq km of 3D seismic acquired from 18 wells drilled in the area within the last 15 years.

Gulfsands Petroleum PLC completed its Dardara Southeast 1 well in the area in January 2015. The well tested at an average of 7.1 MMcfd through a 32/64-in. choke with a stable wellhead pressure of 1,230 psi (OGJ Online, Jan. 12, 2015).

ONHYM will operate its data room July 1-29 and will open sealed bids on prospective acreage on Aug. 25, the company said.

Contact Tayvis Dunnahoe at tayvisd@ogjonline.com.

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