The Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) invites Petroleum Exploration Companies for the International 2009 Bid Round No.1 to explore / exploit for Oil and Gas in Egypt under the Production Sharing Agreement.

The International 2009 Bid Round No. 1 includes eight Exploration Blocks in the Gulf of Suez Sedimentary Basin. Interested companies can submit their offers based on the Procedures, Main Commercial Parameters and the applied Egyptian Production Sharing Model Agreement. Data purchasing and data room will be available in EGPC Geological & Geophysical Information Center, Nasr City, upon request and according to the determined prices.
The closing date is on the 1st of November 2009, at 12:00 hrs.

West Darag Offshore block (1)
There is only one drilled well in this block, which is W 78-1, drilled by DEMINEX, spudded on February 19, 1981 and completed in nearly two months; finalized on April 20. The total depth of the drilling counted for 9.140 feet and its formation reached Paleozoic.
In this block, the successful bidder(s) will be granted an extra area for exploiting by deviated operations that will be directed from the original block, whiled the surface operations are prohibited in the extra area.
In this extra area, there are five wells that were previously drilled; three of them by Total and the other two by AMOCO.
The three wells drilled by Total are:

  1. NDR-3 spudded on 29 November 1985 and completed in approximately three weeks (14 December), at a total depth of 4.849 feet, reaching the Jurassic format and hitting a Miocene Nukhul discovery.
  2. NDR-2 spudded on 21 October and completed on 27 November 1985, at a total depth of 5.250 feet, at the Jurassic formation and also hit a Miocene Nukhul discovery.
  3. NDR-1 spudded on 24 November 1984 and completed on 19 December, total depth of 5.799 feet, Jurassic formation, achieving a Miocene Nukhul discovery.

The remaining two wells drilled in the extra area are,

  1. GS 24-1 spudded on 16 May 1977 and completed on 18 July, at a 9.405 feet-total depth, Jurassic formation.
  2. GS 9-1 spudded on 3 February 1977 and completed on 23 April, at a total depth of 8.302 feet, at the basement formation.

The source of rocks in the West Darag Block constitute of Jurassic Sediments, Upper Cretaceous Sediments and Lower Miocene Globagerina Marl. As for the reservoir, it includes Miocene sands of Kareem and Rudeis formations in addition to Pre-Miocene porosities.
As mentioned above, there are three main Nukhul (Miocene) discoveries lying nearby this block; North Darag 1,2 and 3.

South Darag Block (2)
The second block incorporates even drilled wells; two by BG, two by CONOCO and the remaining three by AMOCO.
The first two wells are Balah-1 (spudded on 28 February 1996, completed on 5 June, 13.397 feet total drilling depth, Nubia formation) and HB 77-3 (spudded on 4 September 1991, completed on 26 October, 7.700 feet depth, cretaceous formation). Both were drilled by BG.
The third and fourth wells were drilled by Conco; C2A-1 (spudded on 16 November 1984, completed on 31 December, total drilling depth of 9.500 feet, Nubia formation) and CLB-1 (spudded on 15 October 1982, completed 24 February 1983, total drilling depth of 12.700 feet, Nubia formation).
As for the remaining three wells, AMOCO was granted the drilling opportunities. The first well is GS 100-1, which was spudded on 8 April 1980, completed in to months, on 12 June, at a 9.398 feet total depth, reaching the lower cretaceous formations and made indications of oil shows in Eocene. The second well is GS 101-1 that was spudded on 12 February 1979 and completed at the beginning of May 1979, scoring 11.176 feet as total drilling depth in the Nubia formation. Finally, the third well is GS 114-1A, spudded on 12 July 1976 and completed on 15 September, at a total depth of 11.275 feet, at the Nubia formation.
The source rocks of this block formed of multi source rock units, mainly associated with Thebes and Campanion Brown Limestone Fms (different kitchens with different maturity levels). While, the reservoir constitutes of Miocene sands of Kareem and Rudeis formations along with pre-Miocene porosities.
It is worth mentioning that the previous concessionaire was BP.
The list of nearby discoveries includes the Warda Oilfield, discovered by BG Egypt in 1990. Excellent reservoirs were found in the field, all of the lower Miocene age. (API: 23.5, OOIP: 217.8 MMSTB, Recovery Reserves: 41 MSTB, Porosity: 23-30 percent and Permeability: 430-1200).

Northwest Abu Zenima Block (3)
A total o five wells were drilled in this area:

  1. E.Tanka-5A drilled by AMOCO, spudded on 6 November 1997, completed on 20 January 1998, at the Eocene formation, at a total depth of 13.270 feet
  2. HB 80-1 drilled by AGIP, spudded on 27 February 1991, completed on 2 June, at the basement formation, with a total depth of 11.034 feet
  3. C3A-1 drilled by CONOCO, spudded on 10 March 1985, completed on 24 My, at the Eocene formation and at a 13.931 feet total depth
  4. DD 84-1 drilled by DEMINEX, spudded on 30 June 1982, completed on 8 September, at the basement formation, a total depth of 10.685 feet
  5. GS 138-1B drilled by AMOCO, spudded on 17 July 1979, completed on 2 March 1980, at the lower cretaceous formation, a total depth of 16.800 feet

The previous concessionaire was BP.
There are two main nearby discoveries that were achieved; the Ras Budran and Warda Oilfields.
The source rocks of this block formed of multi source rock units, mainly associated with Thebes and Brown Limestone Fms (different kitchens with different maturity levels). While, the reservoir constitutes of Kareem, Rudeis and Nukhul sands of Miocene along with pre-Miocene porosities.

East Ras Budran Offshore Block (4)
The fourth block has three drilled wells, all by DEMINEX. The first is EE 85-9, spudded on 7 November 1983, completed on 2 March 1984 at a total drilling depth of 13.560 feet and reached the cretaceous formation. The second one is EE 85-8, spudded on 7 Septemebr 1983, completed on 4 December, at a 13.400 feet total depth and reached the Nubia formation. The third and final field is EE 85-7 spudded 25 March 1983, completed on 5 October, at a total depth of 11.510 feet and reached the Nubia formation.

The source rocks of the East Ras Budran Block formed of upper cretaceous and lower Miocene Globogerina Marl. While, the reservoir constitutes of Kareem, Rudeis and Nukhul sands of Miocene in addition to Pre-Miocene porosities.

There are three nearby discoveries to this block, which are Ras Budran, GS 172 and GS 173 oilfields.

Northeast Issran Block (5)
The previous concessionaires of this block were Dover and Arabian Oil, where seven wells were drilled.

  1. EWA-3, drilled by Dover, spudded on 20 December 2003, completed on 20 January 2004, total depth of 7.310 feet, reached the Nubia formation
  2. EWA-2, drilled by Dover, spudded on 3 December 2002, completed on 8 January 2003, total depth of 5.198 feet, reached the Matulla feet
  3. Shams-1, drilled by BG, spudded on 2 February 1993, completed on 20 February, total depth of 5.070 feet, reached the Eocene “Thebes” formation
  4. NIGMA-1, drilled by BG, spudded on 2 December 1992, completed on 9 January 1993, total depth of 11.600 feet, reached the Lower Cretaceous “Nubia C” and indicated oil shows in Lower Miocene, Eocene and Upper Cretaceous
  5. LULY-1, drilled by BG, spudded on 8 September 1990, completed on 15 October, total depth of 7.860 feet, reached the basement formation
  6. SABILE-1, drilled by Union, spudded on 5 May 1986, completed on 14 September, total depth of 10.500 feet, reached the Cretaceous “Nubia C” formation, tested oil in the Upper Miocene “Zeit Fm.” With an average rate 228 BOPD of 22’ API
  7. THELMET NW-1, drilled by Union, spudded on 30 July 1981, completed on 26 August, total depth of 9.050 feet, reached the Cretaceous “Nubia” formation

The list of nearby discoveries includes Issran, N.Amer, GS 172, GS 173 and October oilfields.
Focusing on the source rocks, it includes upper cretaceous (Brown Limestone) and lower Eocene. Besides, the reservoir constitutes of lower Miocene sands (Kareem, Rudeis and Nukhul) and Pre-Miocene porosities.

Northeast Morgan Block (6)
In this block, there was only one drilled well by AMOCO, which is the GS 278-1. It was spudded on September 19, 1980 and completed on November 3rd, same year. The formation reached the basement level and the total drilling depth counted for 8.165 feet. The previous concessionaires included BP and Agiba. The source rocks are mainly upper cretaceous (brown limestone) and L. Eocene and the reservoir constitutes of L. Miocene sands (Kareem, Rudeis and Nukhul) and Pre-Miocene porosities.
This block is located near several fields where discoveries were achieved, such as GS 277, Ramadan, Morgan and Badri oilfields.

Northeast Amal Block (7)
The previous concessionaires were Agiba and AMOCO. The source rocks are mainly upper cretaceous (brown limestone) and L. Eocene. The reservoir constitutes of L. Miocene sands (Kareem, Rudeis and Nukhul) and Pre-Miocene porosities. The nearby discoveries list includes Younis, Amal, Waly and Ghara Marine oilfields.

North Ras El Ush Block (8)
The last block includes seven drilled wells and the previous concessionaires were Devon and AGIP.

  1. KHUFU-1, drilled by Devon, spudded on 18 November 2005, completed on 23 February 2006, total depth of 11.700 feet, reached the Lower Rudeis
  2. GB 85-8, drilled by UNOCAL, spudded on 12 October 1990, completed on 27 December, total depth of 11.900 feet, reached the Lower Cretaceous “Nubia C” formation, tested oil in the Lower Miocene “Nukhul fm.” With an average rate 845 BOPD of 29.6 API
  3. ESO 344-3, drilled by Quintana, spudded on 22 January 1982, total depth of 12.929 feet, reached Nubia formation, showed oil in Lower Miocene
  4. NN 88-1, drilled by DEMINEX, spudded on 5 March 1981, completed on 26 April, total depth of 7.235 feet, reached the basement formation
  5. NN 89-1, drilled by DEMINEX, spudded on 6 July 1976, completed on 12 November, total depth of 13.385 feet, reached Rudeis formation, showed oil and gas in Lower Miocene
  6. GS 344-2, drilled by AMOCO, spudded on 15 February 1976, completed on 13 May, total depth of 12.430 feet, reached Nubia formation
  7. GS 344-1A, drilled by AMOCO, spudded on 20 May 1975, completed on 20 July, total depth of 11.336 feet, reached Nubia formation, showed oil in Cretaceous “Nubia C”

The source rocks of this block are formed of Cretaceous (Campanian Brown Limestone) in addition to Lower Miocene Globogerina Marl. Besdies, the reservoir constitutes of Miocene sands of Kareem and Rudeis formations, Pre-Miocene porosities (Matulla Fm and Nubia sands) and fractural basement.

For further information, please contact: Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Agreements & Exploration Telephone: (202) 27035632– 25185027 Fax: (202) 27065207

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