Oil and gas explorer Circle Oil has confirmed a further gas discovery at the CGD-11 exploration well in the Sebou Permit in Morocco in both the main Guebbas target and the secondary Hoot zone.

The well first tested gas at a sustained rate of 7.07mmscf/d on a 30/64" choke from the Hoot.

The perforated Hoot zone of 1,078.5m to 1,092m has a calculated net gas pay of 5.9m while the Main Guebbas gas zone was then perforated from 905m to 910m and has a calculated net gas pay of 4.2m.

This interval tested at a sustained rate of 6.22mmscf/d on a 30/64" choke and a thinner Upper Guebbas gas zone was also logged with 1m net gas pay, which will be tested at a later date.

The drilling rig is now moving to begin the drilling of the third well, KSR-10, of the planned five well drilling program in the area.

Following this, the DRJ-6 well from the previous drilling campaign will be tested and if weather permits, the KAB-1 well will be re-entered for logging or re-drilling.

The Sebou permit lies to the north-east of Rabat in the Rharb Basin in Morocco.

The concession agreement, in which Circle has a 75% share and ONHYM, the Moroccan State oil company, has a 25% share, includes the right of conversion to a production license of 25 years, plus extensions in the event of commercial discoveries.