Sound Energy hits 28-m gas column with TE-6 well in Morocco

Sound Energy PLC reported the TE-6 well on the Tendrara license onshore Morocco drilled to a measured vertical depth of 2,665 m and encountered 28 m of net gas pay in the TAGI reservoir (OGJ Online, Apr. 22, 2016).

The well reached a stabilized gas flow rate, post stimulation, of 17 MMscfd, which is “significantly above initial expectations and represents a highly commercial rate,” the firm says. Static pressure recorded in the well correlates in terms of gas gradient with all of the wells previously drilled in the license area.

“The combination of these factors together with the fact that none of the historically drilled wells on the license have identified a gas-water contact, suggests the possibility of a significant gas column within a continuous extended structure,” the firm says.

“I believe Tendrara, Meridja, and the Eastern Morocco TAGI play have the potential to be a material hydrocarbon province on a regional scale,” noted James Parsons, Sound Energy chief executive officer.

The structure may include and extend beyond the reservoir identified at TE-2, 30 km northeast. A third well, TE-8, will be required at the edge of the potential structure for confirmation. It’s being planned for later this year.

Sound Energy and Schlumberger Ltd. are now preparing for the second well, TE-7, about 1.3 km from TE-6. It will use subhorizontal drilling techniques that are expected to increase the individual well flow rate in a success case. This will be followed by an extended well test. The rig-up process at TE-7 is already complete and drilling is expected to start this month.

TE-6 will be suspended until the results of TE-7 are confirmed, at which point the company expects to apply for a production concession and commence detailed engineering for construction of the necessary infrastructure, which Oil & Gas Investment Fund (OGIF), one of Sound Energy’s partners, has already indicated an interest in funding, constructing, and operating.

Sound Energy has a net effective interest of 27.5% in the Tendrara license.

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