Energean Secures Rig for Multiwell Program off Israel

Three-well plus two options campaign could add material gas reserves

Stena Icemax drillship.
Stena Icemax drillship.

Energean has signed a contract with Stena Drilling for an up to five-well drilling program offshore Israel, which is expected to target the derisking of unrisked prospective recoverable resources of more than 1 billion BOE. The contract is for the drilling of three firm wells and two optional wells using drillship Stena Icemax. The first firm well is expected to spud in early 2022. The firm wells are all expected to be drilled during 2022.

“Our five-well growth program offshore Israel, commencing in the first quarter of 2022, has the potential to double Energean reserve base with resource volumes that can be quickly, economically, and safely monetized,” said Mathios Rigas, chief executive of Energean. “Combined with first gas from our flagship Karish gas development project in mid-2022, the next 12 months are set to be truly transformational for Energean.”

One of the firm wells is the Karish North development well. The scope includes re-entry, sidetracking, and completion of the previously drilled Karish North well and completion as a producer. The Karish North development will commercialize 1.2 Tcf of natural gas plus 31 million bbl of liquids and is expected to deliver first gas during the first half of 2023.

The program also includes the Karish Main-04 appraisal well and the Athena exploration well, located in Block 12, directly between the Karish and Tanin leases. Athena is estimated to contain unrisked recoverable prospective resource volumes of 0.7 Tcf of gas plus 4 million bbl of liquids.