Securing Drilling Rig for BED-1 Field
VANCOUVER, BC, June 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ - TAG Oil Ltd. (TSXV: TAO) (OTCQX: TAOIF) ("TAG Oil" or the "Company") is pleased to provide the following operations update at the BED-1 Field in the Western Desert, Egypt:
BED 1-7 Well Production
Since initial flowback of the BED 1-7 well on April 23, 2023, the well started by unloading to surface completion fluid from the fracture stimulation and formation oil under natural flow; the Company temporarily shut-in the well to install production tubing and down-hole Electric Submersible Pump ("ESP"). The BED 1-7 well started production on May 19, 2023, from the Abu-Roash "F" ("ARF") reservoir with the ESP pump at rates of 150 to 200 barrels of fluid per day and continued to unload remaining fracture fluid with gradual increase of formation oil over the first week. Pump speeds and surface choke adjustments were made to achieve a stabilized rate of production. Over the past two weeks, down-hole pump intake pressure and production stabilized at an average rate of 140 barrels of oil per day with about five (5) percent water content at a constant ESP pump speed and wellhead choke of 10/64". The Company intends to maintain the same pump speed and choke size to monitor the well's performance for the next 30 to 60 days. Cumulative oil production from the well to date is over 4,000 barrels of 23-degree API Oil.
The performance of the BED 1-7 vertical well test has achieved the Company's objectives for the well, including the Diagnostic Fracture Injection Test (DFIT) pressure leak-off for indications of reservoir parameters, fluid samples from the ARF, successful completion of a large single-stage fracture treatment on the ARF, and inflow performance testing of the stimulated well. The Company also learned a significant amount about the availability, quality and delivery of materials and services in the Western Desert of Egypt, which will be important for implementation of the new horizontal well and working with our local partners to ensure access for equipment and personnel in field operations and establishing timeline for future operations in the BED-1 Field.
TAG Oil T100 Horizontal Well
The Company was successful in securing a suitable drilling rig for the first horizontal well, BED4-T100 ("T100"), designed with a multi-stage fracture stimulation completion of the ARF formation. The rig will be mobilized from its current location in the Western Desert by mid-July and the well is scheduled to commence drilling shortly after. Detailed drilling and completion schedule plans will be provided at that time.
The well design includes a vertical pilot assessment well for potential coring, open-hole logging, formation imaging, pressure measurement and fluid sampling, followed by cement plug-back of lower vertical pilot hole and whip-stock drilling of build and lateral horizontal sections of the T100 new well in the ARF reservoir. Information will be collected during the drilling of the well including mud logging and drill cuttings to assess the reservoir quality across the lateral, which will be used in conjunction with the work completed on the geo-mechanical properties and 3D seismic interpretation in the area to design the well completion.
About TAG Oil Ltd.
TAG Oil (http://www.tagoil.com/) is a Canadian based international oil and gas exploration company with a focus on operations and opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa.
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This press release includes cumulative production rates for a certain well over short period of time. Short term production rates are preliminary, subject to a high degree of predictive uncertainty, and not determinative of the rates at which those or other wells will continue to produce and thereafter decline. Short term test rates are not necessarily indicative of long-term well or reservoir performance or of ultimate recovery. Production over a longer period will experience natural declines, which can be high and may not be consistent over a longer period. Actual results will differ from those realized during an initial production period and the differences may be material.
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