New gas findings in Algeria’s Sahara desert

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27 January 2009

RWE Dea has made two new gas discoveries in Algeria’s Sahara desert, in the Reggane and Ahnet basins.

The first of the two finds, exploration well KLS-1, is part of a new isolated structure known as Kahlouche Sud in the North Reggane Concession. The first production tests registered flows of 629,000 cubic meters per day of gas at a depth of 3,720 meters through a choke size of 32/64”.

The discovery in the OTLH-2 well in the M’Sari Akabli Concession exhibited a test flow of 249.000 cubic meters/day of gas at a depth of 1,280 meters, and 110.000 cubic meters/day of gas at a depth of 1,340 meters both through choke sizes of 32/64”.

The significance of these discoveries goes far beyond the size of the new structures and the fact that significant flow in the Lower Devonian level was established because they will also support the future development plans for the area.

RWE Dea has a stake of 22.5 % in this concession area. Repsol operates the consortium with a 33.75% stake, Algeria’s state-owned Sonatrach controls 25%; and Italy’s Edison has a 18.75% stake. The exploration rights to these blocks were awarded during the 2002/2003 Algerian bidding rounds. During 2005-2007, three discoveries were made in Reggane: Sali-1 (SLI-1), Kahlouche-2 (KL-2) and the Reggane-6 (RG-6), one exploration well in Upper Ordovician, plus two positive appraisal wells.

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