Griffiths Energy spuds the first Badila development well in Chad


Griffiths Energy spuds the first Badila development well in Chad

CALGARY -- Griffiths Energy has commenced drilling operations in southern Chad, spudding the first development well in the Badila field. "The spudding of this development well follows a thorough testing program undertaken earlier this year," said Gary Guidry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Griffiths Energy.

During 2013 Griffiths intends to simultaneously develop not only the Badila field, but also the nearby Mangara field. The company will be drilling two new wells and recompleting Badila-1 before moving the drilling rig to the Mangara Field to commence development drilling there.

The Badila field is approximately 17 km from an export pipeline to the Atlantic Ocean and the Mangara field is approximately 120 km from the same pipeline. Griffiths is currently building a pipeline connection from both fields to the export pipeline and expects to complete the tie in early in 2013.

Both the Badila field and the Mangara field are located on Griffiths' DOI / DOB block, which covers an area of approximately 2,744 sq km in the southwestern region of Chad. The newly spudded well, named Badila-2, is expected to be drilled to a depth of 2,100 m and is targeting Lower Cretaceous sandstone reservoirs. As the first development well in the field, the Company has an extensive coring, logging and flow testing program with results expected during first quarter of 2013.

As previously disclosed, a prior exploration well, Badila-1, was drilled by a previous operator in 2002 but was not flow tested at the time even though downhole sampling suggested moveable light oil in the Lower Cretaceous horizons.

After in depth analysis of the available information on the Badila-1 well, Griffiths concluded Badila-1 was a potential discovery with an estimated 123 m of net oil pay in the Lower Cretaceous (C and D sands).  The mechanical condition of the well, as abandoned by the original operator, only allowed access to perforate 23.5 m of the net oil pay in the C sands.

Based on the company's internal analysis, in April of 2012 the Badila-1 was re-entered and tested the 23.5 m of oil pay that was mechanically accessible.  The results of the multi rate well test showed the sandstone reservoirs to be highly permeable with natural flow of light 31-32 . API crude oil at rates of approximately 3,000 - 4,000 bpd over a period of 24 hours with 0% water cut.  These production rates were constrained by the physical testing and flaring equipment at surface.

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