Alam El Bueib makes new discovery in Egypt's Western Desert
The IPR-Sojitz Oil & Gas joint venture El Hamra Oil has achieved another discovery in Egypt's Western Desert Yidma-Alamein Block in the Alam El Bueib formation with their exploration well Alexander-1.
IPR reported today that the discovery was made with a deeper test beneath the Alamein Dolomite in a structural closure offsetting the Dolomite closure where new wells will be drilled and rim wells will be re-entered to help develop the closure.
The find comes almost two years since Improved Petroleum Recovery Group (IPR) and Sojitz produced a discovery in the block with their wildcat Zain-1X well, which was drilled to a record total depth of 17,000 ft (5,182 meters) - the deepest ever drilled in the Alamein Basin and second deepest in the Western Desert. The new discovery well went to a total depth of 13,800 ft (4,206 meters) to the Alam El Bueib formation and flowed 23.5 degreeAPI oil naturally at a reported rate of 1,100 b/d on a half-inch choke. Alexander-1 was quickly turned to production at the Yidma-Alamein production facilities approximately two km away. It represents IPR's strategic expansion of the Yidma-Alamein oil producing reservoirs. The company has already determined a new drillsite from the high quality 3D seismic acquired over the license to optimize the reservoir of the tested column, as well as develop an additional deeper untested zone at a higher structural position.
Concurrent with the drilling of Alexander-1, IPR, through re-evaluation of the Alamein reservoirs, discovered new reserves in the Dahab sands, initially flowing 900 b/d from a sand member in the uppermost section of the Upper Dahab sand and later 1,800 b/d through a half-inch choke when more perforations were added in the middle section of the same Upper Dahab sand.