SDX Energy has begun drilling in Morocco, targeting five wells this year in pursuit of meeting local gas demand.
The first phase includes three wells, which it will complete in July. SDX will start the second phase of drilling in September or October.
The company will also begin drilling in Egypt in June, with the first of four development wells on West Gharib. It also aims to drill two wells on South Disouq.
The Morocco campaign has begun with the drilling of the OYF-3 appraisal/development well, SDX CEO Mark Reid said.
“The objective of these wells is to add reserves to allow us to continue to deliver gas to our customers in line with their contractual requirements. The commencement of this campaign has been delayed by approximately one month due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions delaying the mobilisation of equipment and personnel into Morocco,” he said.
The first three wells in Morocco target 1.8 billion cubic feet of P50 gross recoverable resources, in the Gharb Basin.
It will drill the first well into the Guebbas reservoir at around 1,160 metres. The second KSR-17 well will target the Hoot reservoir at 1,720 metres. The third, KSR-18, is targeting the Guebbas and Hoot reservoirs.
SDX said it expected all three wells would encounter shallow biogenic gas near its existing infrastructure. The company is using a drilling rig, which was stacked in Morocco. This has kept mobilisation costs down.
In Egypt, SDX flagged up the Hanut-1X exploration well on South Disouq. It expects to drill this in the third quarter. This well is targeting a gross unrisked mean recoverable volumes of 139 bcf, with a 33% chance of success.