Gas joy in Morocco for Circle


CIRCLE OIL HAS confirmed a gas discovery at its ADD-1 exploration well at the Sebou Permit in Morocco’s Rharb Basin.

But the company will encounter further delays for the re-entering of its KAB-1 well, the first of the drilling campaign it started in September last year.

In an announcement, Circle said it had found a gas reserve of 3.57 million cubic feet per day at the Main Hoot zone of the ADD-1 well and a further 1.89 MMcfd at the Guebbas zone. The well is now being completed as a potential producer, with a technical evaluation of the results currently underway. The discovery marks the company’s second such discovery in Morocco this month, after finding gas at its KSR-10 well.

Following the discovery, the drilling rig will test well DRJ-6, which was drilled but untested from a previous drilling campaign. Circle will then drill its fifth and final well in the current campaign, KSR-11.

Further work on the KAB-1 well will be postponed until the company can counter a problem with swelling clay experienced on first drilling. Circle said it hoped to benefit from a suitable drilling fluid for the well after it was evaluated by a third party.

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