Petromanas announces positive well test results from Shpirag-2 in Albania


Petromanas announces positive well test results from Shpirag-2 in Albania

CALGARY -- Petromanas Energy and Royal Dutch Shell declared positive test results from its Shpirag-2 well in Block 2-3, which covers an area of 3,450 sq km onshore south-central Albania.

Testing operations commenced in mid-October following the arrival and rig up of all necessary equipment. Following acid stimulation, the Shpirag-2 well flowed naturally for 24 hours. Following initial clean up and shut-in, the Company conducted an extended, three-day test.

During the extended test, the Shpirag-2 well flowed at rates of 1,500 to 2,200 boed; 800 to 1,300 bpd of 35 to 37 degree API oil and 2 to 5 MMcfd of gas through varying choke sizes, at wellhead pressures ranging from 1,700 to over 3,000psi.

The gas oil ratio was in the range of 2,500 to 2,800 scf/bbl. Lower than expected levels of hydrogen sulphide were observed (5,000 ppm) and, following the initial test, there was 0% water cut.

"These are compelling results from a well that, due to difficulties encountered while drilling, is not the optimal wellbore into the reservoir," said Mr. Glenn McNamara, CEO of Petromanas.  "These test results initially confirm the well's ability to flow light oil and provide early validation of the potential of Block 2-3 and our considerable investment to date in this asset. Given carbonate reservoirs are dependent on fracture porosity, and well rates can vary significantly across the reservoir, we are very encouraged to have flowing oil at these rates from our first well."

"The results of the Shpirag-2 well are encouraging and support the potential of this oil play in Albania," said Edwin Verdonk, Shell VP Exploration Europe. "We look forward to appraisal efforts next year to help us fully assess the volumes and production capability of this reservoir."

Following the three-day test, the well has been shut in for a 30-day period for pressure build-up. Detailed analysis of the test results has started.

The first appraisal well is planned at Shpiragu after completion of the Molisht-1 exploration well which is currently drilling.

Shpirag-2 was drilled to a total depth of 5,553 m, and tested 400 m of the target carbonate reservoir. Based on the previously drilled Shpirag-1 and the Company's current program at Shpirag-2, Petromanas and Shell believe they have identified in excess of 800m of oil column in fractured carbonate reservoirs at the Shpiragu structure.

Petromanas has a 25% working interest in Block 2-3 and is the operator. Shell holds the remaining 75% working interest.

Blocks 2-3 Seismic Program

The Company's contractors are in the process of acquiring the last few lines of seismic for its planned 450 km 2D seismic program. The acquisition is expected to conclude before the end of the year with seismic processing and interpretation expected to continue into 2014.


The Molisht-1 well was spud August 20, 2013 and conductor and surface casing was set. The well is drilling ahead at a depth of 1,400 m. The Company expects to drill the well to a total depth of 5,500 m.

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