The outlook to the end of the year 2013 is as follows:
The Operator (TAQA) is currently in the process of preparing a Field Development Plan (“FDP”) which is required to be submitted to the Atrush Block Management Committee within 180 days following the Declaration of Commercial Discovery, submitted on November 7, 2012. The FDP will outline the revised general forward plan for the block.
The Atrush-3 appraisal well is expected to spud during March 2013. The well is located approximately 5km east of the Atrush-2 well. The drilling rig will be moved from the Atrush-1 well site to the Atrush-3 location. The Atrush-3 well is an important stepout from the previous two Atrush wells. In particular, the well is targeting the Oil Water Contact / Free Water Level in the reservoir section.
There are plans to drill two additional wells in 2013. Technical discussions on the final location of the Atrush-4 and Atrush-5 wells are underway.
The 3D seismic acquisition program which covered the entire Atrush block and adjoining Swara Tika discovery in the Sarsang Block was completed on August 11, 2012. Final processing of the complete 3D seismic survey is expected in the first quarter of 2013. Further processing is expected during 2013 with the specific purpose on enhancing the data for the development drilling program.
(Picture: ShaMaran President and CEO Pradeep Kabra)