Petromanas formally announces discovery on Blocks 2-3 in Albania
Petromanas Energy Inc. (“Petromanas” or the “Company”) (TSXV: PMI) today announced that based on its previously disclosed well results and initial positive 30 day pressure build-up data from the Shpirag-2 well, it has officially informed the Albanian government of a discovery on Blocks 2-3, onshore Albania in which it holds a 25% working interest and is the operator with Shell holding the remaining 75% interest.
Pursuant to the terms of the Production Sharing Contract for Blocks 2-3, the Company must notify the government whether it considers the discovery to be worthy of appraisal as a potential commercial discovery within 60 days after the notice of discovery. An appraisal plan would also be submitted at that time. The first well in the appraisal program is expected to be Shpirag-3, located approximately three kilometres to the south of the Shpirag-2 well. Drilling at Shpirag-3 is expected to commence following completion of drilling at Molisht-
The Company has completed the 30 day pressure build-up on the Shpirag-2 well and pulled the data recorders from the hole. Initial information following the three-day flow test indicates the formation has returned to expected reservoir pressures. All recorded data from the month-long test has been sent for further analysis. The well has been suspended until next steps have been determined.
“We remain pleased with the initial performance of this well and are eager to begin moving ahead with the design of an appraisal program while drilling of the Molisht-1 well continues,” said Glenn McNamara, CEO of Petromanas. “Once we have analyzed all of the data from the 30-day build up test we expect to be in a better position to make a determination with respect to next steps for the Shpirag-2 well.”
The Molisht-1 well is currently drilling at a depth of approximately 2,200 metres. Consistent with the Company’s experience at Shpirag-2, the well encountered a series of anticipated lost circulation zones in the upper carbonate which have been resolved. These lost circulation zones resulted from extensive fracturing of the upper carbonate sheet. Petromanas expects to drill the well to a total depth of approximately 5,500 metres.
Blocks 2-3 Seismic Program
The Company’s contractors have now completed all data acquisition for the 456 km 2D seismic program. Seismic processing and interpretation is now underway and expected to continue throughout 2014. The data from the program will be used to identify additional drilling targets on Blocks 2-3.
Upcoming Conference Attendance
Mr. Glenn McNamara, Chief Executive Officer, will present a corporate overview of the Company at the Macquarie Oil and Gas Explorers Conference on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:20am GMT. The conference takes place at the Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel in London, England.
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