Drilling activities in the recently acquired “Robbana” concession in onshore Tunisia are set to commence. Zenith Energy Ltd made the announcement and stated that it was in the process of finalising its plans.
Early in the second quarter of 2021, Zenith Energy announced that it had acquired the Robbana concession covering an area of 48km2 on the island of Djerba in the Gulf of Gabes. The Company intends to drill the Robbana-3 (ROB-3) well an infill vertical well with a budget of US$1.5 million.
“We are delighted to begin our operational journey in Tunisia with the drilling of a new well in our newly acquired assets, in which we plan to progressively increase investment as we seek to increase production in a very favourable high oil price environment,” said Andrea Cattaneo, CEO of Zenith.
It will be approximately 2,400 metres deep and will target two proven hydrocarbon bearing reservoirs in the Upper Cretaceous Meloussi sandstone formation, from which successful production has been achieved from ROB-1 for many years.
The project will take 60 days to complete and once completed, Robbana-3 will produce approximately 100 to 150 barrels of oil per day. Robbana currently produces about 25 barrels of oil per day from ROB-1. The Company’s newly appointed technical team in Tunisia is currently reviewing a drilling programme inherited from the previous operator with a view to finalising it shortly with some adjustments.
“Our newly appointed team is also closely evaluating the El Bibane concession, where we also hold a 100% working interest, and the potentially transformational well intervention to be carried out in EBB-3,” noted Mr Cattaneo.