Zaafrane Desert Field

Central Tunisia

The onshore Zaafrane permit initially comprised an area of 5168 km2 with exposure to producing field extensions and a significant portfolio of prospects.

Summary

In October 2013 Mazarine Energy Tunisia acquired a 45% interest in the Zaafrane Exploration License. Joint venture partners include the Tunisian National Oil Company, ETAP (50% equity) and Medex (5%).
The work program for the license was compiled and agreed upon in close cooperation with ETAP; Mazarine Energy was confirmed as the Operator of the license.

Details

The onshore Zaafrane permit initially comprised an area of than 5168 km2 with exposure to producing field extensions and a significant portfolio of prospects and leads with 200+ mln boe prospective resources located between two sets of producing fields: Sabria and El Franig to the West and Baguel and Tarfa to the East providing sufficient infrastructure for evacuation ullage.
Between December 2013 and February 2014, Mazarine acquired 330 km2 of 3D seismic data.Interpretation of the data confirmed the presence attractive drilling targets, andthe company signed a contract with Compagnie Tunisienne de Forage for a two-well drilling campaign.
Both wells drilled resulted in discoveries of commercial, high quality oil with associated gas. The wells were tested at more than 4000 bopd and 1000 bopd, respectively.
In light of the two discoveries, Mazarine and State Oil company ETAP jointly submitted a Plan of Development to DGE and CCH for which formal approval was granted in September of 2016, resulting in the creation of the Ghrib production concession.
During Q1 of 2015 Mazarine Energy applied for the renewal of the Zaafrane license following the completion of the first well and the spud of a second. Mazarine Energy received formal notification from the Granting Authority “DGE” that all license commitments had been met, and a renewal for 4132 km2 of the original license was granted until 3 May 2019.
Medex Petroleum Tunisia and Bizerte Energy Limited entered into a farm out agreement during September of 2017 for the assignment of all Medex interests in the Zaafrane Permit. The CCH approved the assignment on July 2017 resulting in the following participation: ETAP 50%, Mazarine 45%, Bizerte 5%.

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