In August 2016, Rockhopper acquired a portfolio of production and exploration assets from Beach Australia.
At a glance
- 22% working interest
- 2016 economic production 810 boepd
- Active drilling programme to target near-field upside
El Qa’a Plain
- 25% working interest
- First phase of exploration
- 3D seismic acquisition completed
- Exploration committment well in 2017/2018
Abu Sennan concession (Rockhopper 22%)
Operated by Kuwait Energy, the Abu Sennan Concession is located in the Abu Gharadig basin in the Western Desert. The Concession was signed in June 2007 with first commercial production achieved during 2012.
Production from the six development leases within the Abu Sennan concession remained stable during H1 2017 with
production during the period averaging approximately 720 boepd net to Rockhopper.
In April, Rockhopper was pleased to announce the commencement of the 2017 drilling campaign on the Abu Sennan
concession in Egypt.
Al Jahraa SE‐2X
Exploration well Al Jahraa SE‐2X, situated on the recently awarded Abu Sennan‐5 (Al Jahraa South East) Development
Lease, was spudded on 25 April 2017 as part of a two‐well drilling campaign.
The primary target of the well was the Cretaceous Abu Roash‐C (“AR‐C”) reservoir in the fault block immediately to the
south of the Al Jahraa South East field. The target reservoir was dry, but the well was successfully side‐tracked northwards
into the Al Jahraa SE field and oil pay confirmed from wireline logging in both the AR‐C and AR‐E reservoirs. The well was
subsequently completed in the deeper AR‐E and put onto production, at a tubular and pump constrained rate, of
approximately 250 barrels of oil per day gross.
Development well Al Jahraa‐9 was spudded on 10 June 2017. The well penetrated 5 metres of reservoir sand in the primary
AR‐C reservoir. Wireline logging and a well test across the interval confirmed that, while the sand is water wet, the
reservoir pressure is in line with the producing AR‐C reservoir in the Al Jahraa and Al Jahraa SE fields. The well also
encountered the deepest known oil shows in the Abu Roash‐D and Abu Roash‐E (“AR‐E”) reservoirs, demonstrating further
potential at these levels elsewhere in the concession.
The results of the Al Jahraa‐9 well will now be integrated with existing data for the Al Jahraa and Al Jahraa SE oil fields to
help refine the future development plans for these fields.
El Qa’a Plain concession (Rockhopper 25%)
Operated by Dana Petroleum, the El Qa’a Plain concession is located on the eastern shore of the Gulf of Suez.
Technical evaluation of the El Qa’a concession is ongoing following the acquisition and processing of the first 3D seismic
dataset in the area in 2015/16. A number of leads have been identified and a final decision on drilling location will be made
following completion of a basin modelling study and a volumetric evaluation of each identified lead.