SDX Energy Inc. (TSXV, AIM: SDX), the North Africa focused oil and gas company, announces that the KSS-2 well on the Sebou permit in Morocco was drilled to a total depth of 1293 meters encountering 8 net meters of high quality reservoir interval in the Gaddari and Guebbas sequences with an average porosity of 30%. However, whilst the intervals came in on prognosis, they had low gas saturation and were not deemed to be commercial.
The KSS-2 well is the sixth in the Company’s current nine well campaign, of which four wells have been commercial discoveries. As a result of the campaign’s success to date, the result of the KSS-2 well is not expected to impact the Company’s previously announced planned production increase in Morocco in 2018.
Unlike the previously drilled targets, the KSS-2 prospect was on the upthrown side of the main bounding fault in the Ksiri area. This fault appears to have isolated the KSS-2 well from the source rock, resulting in low gas saturations. The next well in the campaign, the SAH-2 well, will be located on the downthrown side of the fault, drilling a similar structure to the Company’s recently successful wells. The Company therefore believes that the reservoirs targeted by the SAH-2 well will have a higher probability of being commercially charged than the KSS-2 well.
The KSS-2 well will now be plugged and abandoned and the drilling rig will move to the SAH-2 drilling location.
Paul Welch, President and CEO of SDX, commented:
“Whilst the KSS-2 well was not a commercial success, we are viewing this one result in the context of what is already a very successful drilling campaign with four out of six discoveries to date. Using directional drilling equipment for the first time in the basin, we drilled a step out location in order to try to prove up a new concept, and potentially new volumes. Whilst KSS-2 was not successful, our belief is that this result proves that the main bounding fault provides a good seal and therefore gives us a further confidence in the forthcoming prospects. We are looking forward to drilling the final three wells in this programme and reporting on their results in due course.”
SDX is an international oil and gas exploration, production and development company, headquartered in London, England, UK, with a principal focus on North Africa. In Egypt, SDX has a working interest in two producing assets (50% North West Gemsa & 50% Meseda) located onshore in the Eastern Desert, adjacent to the Gulf of Suez. In Morocco, SDX has a 75% working interest in the Sebou concession situated in the Rharb Basin. These producing assets are characterised by exceptionally low operating costs making them particularly resilient in a low oil price environment. SDX’s portfolio also includes high impact exploration opportunities in both Egypt and Morocco.
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