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PDO Significant Oil and Gas Discoveries

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 2/21/2011, Location: Middle East

PDO announced in its 2010 Media Briefing a material oil discovery at Amal Southeast, close to the existing Amal and Amal East oil fields, which are currently part of an important Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) development project. Two exploration wells were drilled in 2010 to confirm the discovery, and further drilling to delineate the field is currently ongoing. The amount of oil in place could be in excess of 300 million barrels making this a significant discovery. Initial production from the field is expected in 2011 but the bulk of the production will be through EOR techniques as part of the Amal Steam project.

During 2010, PDO made also three additional oil discoveries at Sayyah in the north of PDO’s concession, Al Ghubar East and Aqeeq in the central region of the Sultanate.

The Aqeeq discovery, close to the existing Sadad field, followed the same innovative drilling campaign approach adopted in 2009 with the successful discovery at another nearby field at Anbar involving drilling 12 wells in a grid pattern. The discovery will be hooked-up for production in 2011 to nearby infrastructure.

The Sayyah discovery is an oil accumulation in the excellent quality Natih reservoir. Two wells were drilled and hooked up and produced at a combined rate in excess of 350 b/d.

The Al Ghubar East discovery was an immediate follow-up to the important 2009 Al Ghubar South discovery. The exploration well proved oil in the same Shuaiba reservoir and the well subsequently flowed at high rates when tested. Production plans for this field call for early production from the exploration well followed by subsequent development in tandem with the Al Ghubar Main field.

PDO has also made another significant gas discovery at Khulud West in the north of PDO’s concession area, 5 km west of the Khulud South discovery announced last year. The exploration well encountered a gas column of more than 150 meters in the Amin reservoir at a depth close to 5,000 meters.

Although indications are that the reservoir is better quality than Khulud South, it remains challenging being tight, with low permeability and at high pressure and high temperature. The exploration well is planned to be tested in 2011 and the field will require additional operations and studies to demonstrate commerciality.

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