Beach Petroleum Limited, an oil and gas exploration and production company, announced that its project partner BP confirmed a gross oil-bearing column of 107 meters in the North Shadwan 377-5 well on the Gulf of Suez in Egypt.

Beach stated in a press release that the well had struck the pay in the Miocene Kareem sandstone. NS377-5 is the second development well on the oilfield, according to the two companies’ plan of targeting near shore deposits from onshore drilling sites.

The oil column is shorter than the 144 meters of gross pay struck in the previous NS377-3 development well, which lies 465 meters south-east of NS377-5, but Beach said reservoir quality was better.

The firm said it expects the well to produce more than the earlier well.

Production from the NS-377 field will be piped seven kilometers north-west to the Ras Ghara processing facility. Beach expects the output to reach 3000 barrels per day.

This year the company will start the development of the NS385 oilfield, four kilometers to the south of NS377, using similar extended reach techniques to target offshore reserves using land based rigs.

The two fields hold 11 million barrels of recoverable oil reserves, Beach said.

BP operates the field with a 50% stake on behalf of Beach Petroleum with 20% and TriOcean energy with 30%.