The UK-based SOCO International has recently announced the successful test of an appraisal well drilled in the Didon field in the Zarat permit offshore Tunisia. The Didon 4 well tested at a rate of 3,200 barrels of oil per day (bopd) with no water with a surface flowing pressure of 1,300 pounds per square inch from a horizontal section drilled in the El Gueria formation.
The well was drilled to a total vertical depth of 2,763 meters and a total measured depth of 3,040 metres. The well has been temporarily abandoned. Current plans envisage the drilling of another well and tieback of all production to a process platform, with incremental production to commence in 2004.
The Didon 4 well was drilled to test the eastward extension of the Didon producing field. Although currently producing at a reduced rate of approximately 4,000 bopd to effect repairs on a faulty riser, the Didon field had a gross production rate of approximately 7,250 bopd in 2002.
SOCO Tunisia Pty. Ltd., SOCO International's wholly owned subsidiary, currently holds a 22.2 percent non-operated working interest in the Zarat permit. SOCO is an international oil and gas exploration and production company, headquartered in London. The company has interests in Vietnam, Mongolia, Yemen, Libya, Tunisia, Thailand and North Korea with production operations in Yemen, Tunisia and Mongolia. — (menareport.com)
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