Gulfsands Petroleum is one step closer to finding its first gas in Morocco as work progresses on operations.
Production has started on the Dardara Southeast 1 (DRC-1) Rharb Centre Permit in Northern Morocco using the COFOR SAS Cabot 750 rig.
The DRC-1 well is the second well to be drilled based on the interpretation of 3D seismic survey data shot by Gulfsands on the Rharb Centre Permit in 2013.
It is designed to be drilled to a total vertical depth of 1280 metres and will evaluate two distinct predicted Miocene aged reservoirs contained within a fault bound structural closure that have been identified from 3D seismic data as having the potential to be gas bearing.
Mahdi Sajjad, chief executive, said: “We are very pleased that the company has re-commenced drilling operations in Morocco and look forward to seeing the results of this next well. The high quality 3D seismic data we acquired in the Rharb Centre Permit area has greatly enhanced our chances of success with regards to future exploration activity on the permit, as highlighted by the successful LTU-1 gas discovery which should commence production shortly.
Completion is expected in 28 days.