Zenith Prepares to Commence Drilling in Tunisia

  • Jun 10, 2021
  • Petroleum Africa

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Zenith Energy announced that it is in the process of finalizing plans to commence drilling activities in the recently acquired Robbana concession onshore Tunisia. The company intends to drill ROB-3, an infill vertical well, in the proximity of the producing Robbana-1 well (“ROB-1”), to a total depth of approximately 2,400 meters.

ROB-3 will target two proven hydrocarbon-bearing reservoirs in the Cretaceous Upper Meloussi sandstone formation, from which successful production has been achieved from ROB-1 for many years. A production of approximately 100-150 barrels of oil per day is expected in the event of a successful drilling operation. Robbana currently produces approximately 25 barrels of oil per day from ROB-1.

Zenith’s newly appointed technical team in Tunisia is currently reviewing a drilling program inherited from the previous operator with a view to shortly finalizing this with certain adjustments being made.

The company reports that believes the long-lead items required for the drilling of ROB-3 have previously been acquired and are already on location. This equipment is currently being inspected and evaluations are being made to ensure that all of the necessary equipment is available and meets the required quality and safety standards.

In the event that confirmation is obtained that the required long-lead items are all on location and meet the required standards, the company is in advanced negotiations with a number of local drilling contractors for the identification of a suitable drilling rig.

Drilling operations are expected to take approximately 60 days from beginning to end, with a total budget of approximately US$1.5 million being allocated. The company will provide a further update once the long-lead items have been fully examined and the drilling program has been finalized.

Andrea Cattaneo, Chief Executive Officer of Zenith, commented: “We are delighted to commence our operational journey in Tunisia with the drilling of a new well in our newly acquired assets, in which we progressively expect to make increasing investments as we seek to increase production against a very favourable backdrop of strong oil prices.

“The fact that the required long-lead items for drilling ROB-3 might already be on location greatly assists us in terms of timeline as this will put us in a very good position towards beginning operations as early as July or August 2021.

“I am pleased to confirm that we are fully funded for ROB-3 and we expect the increased production revenue to be obtained in the event of a successful result will further strengthen our cash position and fund additional development activities.

“Our newly appointed team is also closely evaluating the El Bibane concession, where we also hold a 100 per cent working interest, and the potentially transformational well intervention to be performed in EBB-3.

“I look forward to updating the market in due course on our progress in Tunisia, as well as other geographies in our portfolio where we expect to achieve material progress in due course.”