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Beach exploration success in Egypt

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011

Beach advises that gas and condensate discoveries have been made at its first two exploration wells, GPZZ-4 and Al Ahmadi-1, in the Abu Sennan concession in the Western Desert Beach Energy Ltd (ASX: BPT, “Beach”) advises that further detail is now able to be provided regarding the recent announcement to the ASX regarding hydrocarbon discoveries in the Western Desert in Egypt.  Recent test results from both its GPZZ-4 and Al Ahmadi-1 wells indicate both  gas and condensate flows. 

GPZZ-4  was drilled as the first  well of a sixwell program in the Abu Sennan concession.  During initial  testing, gas and condensate flows were recorded from  the lower  Bahariya Formation.  These tests recorded gross  flow rates of approximately 850 barrels (bbls) of condensate and seven million standard cubic feet (MMscf) of gas per day.  This equates to a gross equivalent flow rate  of approximately 2,000 barrels of oil equivalent  (boe) per day.

GPZZ-4 also recorded flows from  the  Abu Roash “G” Member and the upper  Bahariya Formation with initial rates of approximately 150 bbls of condensate and 1.6 MMscf of gas per day.

The second well, Al Ahmadi-1,  also  recorded gas and condensate flows within the Abu Roash  “G” Member.   Initial tests recorded gross flow rates of approximately 800 bbls of condensate and 13.5 MMscf of gas per day.  This equates to a gross equivalent flow rate of approximately 2,900 boe per day.   Al Ahmadi-1 also recorded flows from the lower Bahariya Formation with initial rates of approximately 70 bbls of condensate and one MMscf of gas per day.

It is expected that these discoveries will be tied in to nearby infrastructure, located within 10 kilometres of the discoveries. 

Both rigs are now being mobilised to drill the next exploration targets, Al Jahraa and El Samiya, which will focus on multiple Cretaceous horizons.  Spudding of these wells is expected over the coming weeks.

The Joint Venture equity interests in Abu Sennan are:

Beach (via wholly owned subsidiary Beach Petroleum (Egypt) Limited) - 22%

Kuwait Energy - 50% and Operator

Dover Petroleum - 28%

Source: Beach Energy

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