BNG Operational Update
The BNG Contract Area is located in the west of Kazakhstan 40 kilometers southeast of Tengiz on the edge of the Mangistau Oblast, covering an area of 1561 km2 of which 1376 km2 has 3D seismic coverage acquired in 2009 and 2010.
Roxi has a 58.41% interest in the BNG Contract Area.
Deep Well A5
Since 9 March 2015, the date of the last operational update, the Company has been working to clear the blockage at a depth of 3517 m.
Despite our continued efforts the well remains blocked. To date we have sought to clear the blockage as cheaply as possible but these cost-effective techniques have yet to prove effective. We are therefore seeking to use additional specialist equipment and may need to bring in additional assistance to complete the operation. Further specialist equipment is due on site this week and we will continue to update shareholders as the work progresses.
Deep Well 801
Deep Well 801, which was spudded on 15 December 2014, is to be drilled to a total depth of 4950 m targeting the Lower Carboniferous. The well is being drilled by Sinopec, the Chinese multinational, for a fixed cost of US$11 million.
The well is located approximately 8 km from Deep Well A5 and will be targeting the Lower Carboniferous in same structure as Deep Well A5.
As previously reported casing has been set to a depth of 3560 m.
Roxi is pleased to announce that drilling at Deep Well 801 has now passed through the salt layer without incident, and reached a depth of 4095 m into the Lower Permian.
We continue to expect the well will reach Total Depth by mid April 2015.
Our shallow wells at BNG are located in the South Yelemes portion of the BNG Contract Area extending over an area of 800 km2, a few kilometers from the deep prospects.
Well 143 is being prepared to test new intervals.
Sale of Galaz
On 10 February 2015, Roxi announced the conditional sale of the entity owning the beneficial interest in the Galaz Contract Area for a total consideration of up to US$100 million.
The sale is due to complete by 30 April 2015.
Roxi is pleased to announce that it has received the all important consent of the Kazakh authorities to complete the sale. Once the purchaser has been cleared by the Kazakh monopolies authority the completion of the sale of Galaz is set to proceed as planned and on time.
Clive Carver, Chairman said
"While the pace of the clean up at Deep Well A5 is clearly slower than expected progress at Deep Well 801 is encouraging and has to date been without many of the technical issue encountered during the drilling of Deep Well A5.
Once the proceeds of the disposal of our interests in the Galaz Contract Area become available we plan to speed up the pace of development at BNG."
Adapted from a press release by David Bizley