Egypt onshore delivers for Dana

UK-based explorer Dana Petroleum has won an onshore double in Egypt, taking the sting out of dusters drilled in Egypt's offshore and in the UK North Sea.

The Dana-operated Lorcan-1x well, in the North Zeit Bay concession, in the onshore sector of the Gulf of Suez play, was drilled to a total depth of 7500 ft and hit good quality oil bearing sands.

During drill stem tests, the well flowed strongly with high downhole pressures delivering flow rates of up to 4714 barrels of oil per day.

Dana is already in talks with the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation in order to achieve early production from Lorcan.

At the East Beni Suef concession, also onshore, the Fayoum-2x well hit 64 ft of net pay in the Upper Bahariya formation, with a further 10 ft of net pay found in the A/R G-20 sands.

Test data indicates that the well should be capable of flowing at about 600 barrels of oil equivalent epr day.

However, elsewhere in Egypt, drilling at the Bamboo well, in the offshore Nile Delta, was less heartening.

"Significant good quality sands were encountered in the primary target, however petrophysical interpretation of the logs acquired across the reservoir interval indicates that these sands are water bearing," Dana said.

The Monkwell well - 42/29a-10 - in the southern sector of the UK North Sea was also disappointing.

The well was drilled to a target depth of 9473 ft and while the well hit the target Lower Leman Sandstone reservoir, results indicate the gas find is non-commercial.

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