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ARC Energy Yemen Exploration Program Commences

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 4/25/2007, Location: Middle East

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ARC Energy Limited advises that operations at the Al Magrabah 1 well, operated by Oil Search (Yemen) Limited and located in Block 35, commenced on Thursday, April 19th, using the Joeco 50106 drilling rig. On 23 April, the rig was drilling ahead at 759mMDRT to the section total depth at approximately 856mMDRT where 13 3/8 casing will be installed.

Al Magrabah 1 is located in Block 35 in central-east Yemen. The primary target is the Qishn Clastics with secondary targets in the fractured/karstified Saar and Naifaformations, Kuhlan sandstone/Weathered Basement, and fractured metamorphic basement.

Al Magrabah 1 is a vertical well designed to intersect the Qishn Clastics at the mapped structural crest of the structure at a prognosed depth of approximately 1,771 metresmeasured depth.

The well has a planned total depth of approximately 3,039 metres measured depth and is expected to take 38 days to drill and complete.

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