Commencement of Drilling Operations and Progress of Steam Injection - Lagia Oil Field
16 Nov 2015
SACOIL HOLDINGS LIMITED
(Incorporated in the Republic of South Africa)
(Registration number 1993/000460/06)
JSE Share Code: SCL AIM Share Code: SAC
(“SacOil” or “the Company”)
COMMENCEMENT OF DRILLING OPERATIONS AND PROGRESS OF STEAM INJECTION - LAGIA OIL FIELD
SacOil, through its subsidiary Mena International Petroleum Company Limited ("Mena"), is pleased to announce it commenced the drilling of the Lagia 11 well on 13 November 2015, at its 100% owned Lagia oil field in Sinai, onshore Egypt. This forms part of the Phase 2 field development operations.
As reported previously, the Lagia 11 well is part of a five well drilling campaign aimed at increasing and optimising production.
The Lagia wells will be drilled using the contracted Petro PDSO land rig, Shams 1. The five wells, Lagia 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 will be targeting the main producing reservoir, the Nukhul formation at approximately 1500 feet below mean sea level.
The Phase 2 field development also includes the successful 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 in order to heat up the reservoir and reduce the oil viscosity before starting production. The final program includes the steaming and thermal recovery of all the wells in order to achieve a targeted production rate of 1,000 bbl/day.
The company successfully procured and is in the process of installing ten new thermal well heads and tubing sucker rod pumps, which have been customised specifically for the Lagia field conditions and which will replace the progressive cavity pumps.
More details on the results of the drilling, as well as progress on the current operations, will be announced in due course, as operations progress.
PSG Capital Proprietary Limited
16 November 2015
For further information please contact:
SacOil Holdings Limited
+27 (0)11 463 6884
finnCap Limited (Nominated Adviser and broker)
Christopher Raggett and James Thompson
+44 (0) 20 7220 0500
FirstEnergy Capital (Joint broker)
Hugh Sanderson / David van Erp
+44 (0) 20 7448 0200
SacOil is a South African based independent African oil and gas company, dual-listed on the JSE and AIM, with business operations in Egypt, the Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”), the Republic of Malawi and the Republic of Botswana. SacOil also operated in Nigeria until 19 May 2015. The Company has partnered with the Public Investment Corporation SOC Limited and the Instituto de Gestão das Participações do Estado on a project that entails the construction of a gas pipeline from Mozambique to South Africa and the distribution and marketing of gas in southern Africa. The Company continues to evaluate opportunities to secure high impact acreage in other established and prolific hydrocarbon basins in Africa