Dual-listed oil and gas company SacOil’s Mena International Petroleum subsidiary has started drilling at the Lagia 11 well at the Lagia oilfield in Sinai, onshore Egypt, which forms part of the Phase 2 field development operations.
The Lagia 11 well was part of a five-well drilling campaign aimed at increasing and optimising production.
The Lagia wells would be drilled using the contracted Petro PDSO land rig, Shams 1. The five wells, Lagia 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 targeted the main producing reservoir, the Nukhul formation, at about 457 m below mean sea level.
Phase 2 field development also included the installation and commissioning of steam facilities for a thermal recovery process on the production wells.
The existing five production wells were successfully steamed, with the formation reacting positively by accepting the injected steam as anticipated. The thermal recovery process yielded positive results with an increase in production rates observed after the first steam and soak cycle using progressive cavity pumps.
The five existing wells were steamed and allowed to soak for a number of days to heat up the reservoir and reduce the oil viscosity before starting production.
The final programme included the steaming and thermal recovery of all the wells to achieve a targeted production rate of 1 000 bbl/d.
The company also successfully procured and was in the process of installing ten new thermal well heads and tubing sucker rod pumps, which were customised specifically for the Lagia field conditions and which would replace the progressive cavity pumps.