APEX INTERNATIONAL ENERGY TESTS WELL AT 2,440 BARRELS OF OIL PER DAY IN EGYPT’S WESTERN DESERT
May 9, 2022
Apex International Energy tests well at 2,440 barrels of oil per day in Egypt’s
● Fajr-8 connected to production facilities and started producing May 8, less than four
days after rig release
● Fajr-8 to lift Apex production above 6,000 barrels of oil per day
Apex International Energy (Apex) today announced the Fajr-8
development well was tested at a daily rate of 2,440 barrels of oil and negligible water. The
well encountered 98 feet of high-quality oil pay in sandstone of the Bahariya Formation. The
well was connected to production facilities and opened for first production on May 8, less
than four days from rig release.
The Fajr-8 well, located in the Western Desert in the company’s South East Meleiha (SEM)
concession is operated by Farah Petroleum Company (PetroFarah), the joint venture
operating company of Apex and the Egyptian General Petroleum Company (EGPC) established
in April 2021. PetroFarah recently celebrated its first year of safe and efficient operations with
no injuries to people or harm to the environment.
Fajr-8 will be the fifth producing well in Fajr Field since the commercial discovery was
approved for development by the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources in March
2021. Together with the producing Farah (three wells) and Mashreq (one well) fields in SEM,
also approved for development in 2021, total SEM oil production is expected to increase from
4,300 barrels per day currently to over 6,000 barrels per day from 9 total wells this week. All
the wells produce from intervals less than 5,000 feet in depth.
“PetroFarah’s rapid development of the three new field discoveries made by Apex in 2021
is a testament to the strong relationship and sense of urgency we share with EGPC to
increase Apex’s and Egypt’s oil production,” said Apex’s founder and Chairman, Roger Plank.
“With a second rig being utilized at SEM later this month, and numerous drilling locations
identified, we look forward to continued development success”, said Tom Maher, Apex’s
President and Chief Executive Officer. “We also have a strong inventory of other exploration
prospects and leads across SEM and the neighboring East Siwa block, awarded in the 2021
EGPC Bid Round to Apex (50%) and our partner, Eni subsidiary IEOC (50%).”
Apex holds a 100% working interest in the SEM exploration concession, encompassing 1,713
square kilometers. The company acquired the concession interest through the 2016
exploration bid round of EGPC and signed the concession agreement in August 2017.
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