TransGlobe Petroleum Egypt Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of TransGlobe Energy Corporation, is rigging up the ECDC #2 drilling rig to drill the Set #1, a 30-million-barrel gross unrisked target prospect. The Set #1 exploration well is the first of a two-well commitment targeting Cretaceous and Jurassic prospects in the Nuqra/Kom Ombo rift basin located near Aswan, Egypt. Drilling will commence at Set #1 approximately February 17 with results expected in late March. Following Set #1, the drilling rig will move to the second exploration commitment well at Narmer #1, located approximately 30 kilometers east of Set #1.
The planned, two well, exploration program will fulfill the work commitments of the first (three-year) exploration extension period approved July 18, 2006, on the 5.5 million acre Nuqra Block 1 concession. Upon expiry of the first three-year extension (July 17, 2009), there is an option to proceed with a second three-year extension and work program. The second exploration extension requires a mandatory relinquishment of 25% of the original Block and completion of a two-well drilling program. Exploitation of any discovered commercial fields will continue under a development lease for a further 20 years.