Eni Strikes Oil In Egypt’s Western Desert

Eni’s first well drilled to explore the deep geological sequences of the Faghur Basin in Egypt’s Western Desert has hit oil.

The company said May 3 that exploratory well SWM A-2X, located in the South West Meleiha license, encountered 18 m (59 ft) of light oil in the Paleozoic sandstones of Dessouky Formation of Carboniferous age. Drilled to a depth of 5,090 m (16,700 ft), the well also hit other hydrocarbon levels in the Alam El Bueib sandstones of Cretaceous Age, Eni said.

The well has been opened to production in the Dessouky sandstones and delivered 2,300 barrel of oil per day of light oil (32° API) and 0.4 million standard cubic feet per day associated gas.