SDX begins drilling operations in Morocco

The first phase of the Morocco drilling campaign will consist of three appraisal/development wells

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. A view of the Aban Pearl gas rig in the Caribbean sea, along the Venezuelan coast May 6, 2010. A Venezuelan natural gas exploration rig sank in the Caribbean sea early on Thursday, but all 95 workers were evacuated safely and there was no leakage, the government said. Picture taken May 6, 2010. REUTERS/PDVSA/Handout

Image used for illustrative purpose. A view of the Aban Pearl gas rig in the Caribbean sea, along the Venezuelan coast May 6, 2010. A Venezuelan natural gas exploration rig sank in the Caribbean sea early on Thursday, but all 95 workers were evacuated safely and there was no leakage, the government said. Picture taken May 6, 2010. REUTERS/PDVSA/Handout

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UK-based SDX Energy, a Mena-focused energy company, has announced the commencement of the first, three well, phase of its 2021 drilling campaign in Morocco, which will comprise up to five wells over the year.

Mark Reid, CEO of SDX, said: "I am pleased to announce that the Company has commenced its 2021 drilling activities of up to eleven wells across our portfolio of assets with the spud of the OYF-3 appraisal/development well in Morocco. This is the first of three wells to be drilled in the coming months with a further two planned for later in the year.”

“The objective of these wells is to add reserves to allow us to continue to deliver gas to our customers in line with their contractual requirements. The commencement of this campaign has been delayed by approximately one month due to covid-19 related travel restrictions delaying the mobilisation of equipment and personnel into Morocco.

“We would particularly like to thank our partner ONHYM for providing invaluable assistance in enabling us to obtain the necessary Government authorisations to mobilise the equipment and people into the country to commence the campaign last week,” he added.

“The Company's Egyptian drilling activities are expected to commence in June with the first of four development wells in West Gharib and the start of our very exciting two well campaign in South Disouq where the second well, the Hanut-1X exploration well planned for mid-Q3, will be targeting gross unrisked mean recoverable volumes of 139bcf with a 33% chance of success.

“I look forward to updating the market in the coming months on what is looking to be a very busy and exciting period of activity,” Reid concluded.

Moroccan drilling campaign

This first phase of the Morocco drilling campaign will consist of three appraisal/development wells, which management estimates will target a total of 1.3 bcf of P90/1.8 bcf of P50, gross unrisked prospective recoverable resources, in its operated Gharb Basin acreage in Morocco (SDX: 75% working interest).

The first well, OYF-3, which spud on April 30, 2021, is targeting the Guebbas reservoir at approximately 1,160m. The second well, KSR-17, will target the Hoot reservoir at approximately 1,720 metres and the third well, KSR-18, is a dual target well, with the first in the Guebbas reservoir at 1,600m and the second in the Hoot reservoir at around 1,790 metres.

All three wells are looking to encounter shallow, biogenic gas accumulations near to the Company's existing infrastructure, thus enabling tie-ins to be completed quickly and at low cost. The Company will utilise the drilling rig that is already stacked in its yard in Morocco, thereby incurring minimal mobilisation cost.

The campaign is expected to complete in July 2021, at which point the Company will update the market on results, an SDX statement said.

The second phase of the Moroccan drilling campaign will commence in September/October 2021. – TradeArabia News Service

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