TransGlobe Energy Corporation announced that it started drilling the second exploratory oil well, SGZ 6X, in the Western Desert South Ghazalat concession, on October 23, Egypt Oil & Gas reports.

The well is located in the eastern part of the Western Desert concession, offsetting the Raml oil field, which is located in the Abu Gharadig basin.

TransGlobe has also been granted access from the military to drill in the South Alamein 24X Jurassic exploration prospect. The company submitted the required documentation and is now waiting for the final written approval, which is expected to come before the end of 2018. TransGlobe began preparations for drilling SA 24X as part of its 2019 exploration plans.

The company said that its production in Egypt averaged at 12.1 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (Mboepd) in Q3 2018, and has averaged at 12.3 Mboepd as of October 2018.