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SOUTH MALAK-1 IN the West esh el Mellaha-2 concession in Egypt reached a revised total depth of 3,415 m on 21st October 2009, reported Aminex PLC.

High gas readings were recorded over 290 m of hole, and mud logs indicated oil shows in Eocene Dolomite and Cretaceous Matulla sands as well as in fractured basement rocks. Casing was set to approximately 52 m above TD with a view to running an open hole test in the fractured basement rocks but this was not successful, possibly because of cement contamination blocking the open fractures.
Subsequently, wireline logged oil-bearing intervals in the Eocene Dolomite and Matulla sands were perforated but the formations were found to be too tight to flow satisfactorily.
Currently the formations are in the process of being hydraulically fractured but this is turning out to be a lengthy process and definitive results may still not be received for several weeks while fluids used in the frac are recovered.
The fracture treatment may or may not be successful in establishing commercial production but in a highly faulted formation the strong evidence of liquid hydrocarbons in close proximity is very encouraging.