WNPOC starts Muglad Basin drilling campaign - Sudan
A multi-well exploration program in Block 5B in the Muglad Basin that was due to start in 2007 has finally commenced, with West Nile Petroleum Operating Company (WNPOC), a joint operating company between Petronas and Sudapet, spudding Nyal 1 on 7 February 2008. The well has a planned total depth of 2,100m and seeks objectives in Upper to Lower Cretaceous sandstones. Partner Lundin Petroleum believes the gross unrisked recoverable resource for the Nyal prospect is around 176 MMbo. Separately site preparations continue for the drilling of the Wan Machar 1 (previously Umm Dandalo 1) wildcat elsewhere in Block 5B. Wan Machar 1 is the largest prospect in the block, which also includes Barada and Kasafa structures. The legal validity of the contract was confirmed by the National Petroleum Commission (NPC), which requested to accommodate Nile Petroleum or NilePet with 10% interest in Block 5B on a pro rata basis from each of the partners' shares.
This article is extracted from International Oil Letter, Vol 24 issue 7, published 21 February 2008.
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