Partners Continue Successful Drilling in Algerian Desert

RODW-1 well is the third success for Eni, Sonatrach in current campaign.

Sonatrach rig.
Sonatrach rig.

Eni and partner Sonatrach revealed a further discovery in the Zemlet el Arbi concession, located in the Berkine North Basin in the Algerian desert.

The Rhourde Oulad Djemaa Ouest-1 (RODW‑1) exploration well, in the Sif Fatima II research perimeter, is the third well in the exploration drilling campaign. It led to a discovery of oil and associated gas in the Triassic sandstones of the Tagi reservoir. During its production test, the well produced 1,300 BOPD and about 2 MMcf/D of associated gas.

The RODW-1 discovery comes after the significant discovery of HDLE-1, announced in March 2022, and the successful second appraisal well HDLS-1 in the adjacent Sif Fatima II. Because of their proximity to existing BRN/ROD facilities, the development of these discoveries will be fast‑tracked.

The Zemlet el Arbi concession is operated by a joint venture between Eni (49%) and Sonatrach (51%). The discovery is part of the new exploration campaign which will include the drilling of five wells in the Berkine North Basin.