Irish oil and gas firm Circle Oil said that the Al- Amir SE-7X well at the NW Gemsa Development Lease in Egypt has been drilled to a depth of 9,580ft and a 9 5/8" casing has been run and cemented into the top of the Kareem Formation shales.

The preliminary analysis of open hole logging of this upper part of the well, indicates potential for hydrocarbons in the South Gharib Formation in the order of 6ft in thickness.

This interval is similar to that encountered in the Al Amir SE-6X and Al Ola-1X wells, but the interval has not been tested and, as planned, is now cased off.

Drilling is ongoing to the Kareem sands target and to the deeper Lower Rudeis Formation with a prognosed TD of 16,750ft.

The current production rate from the NW Gemsa fields of Geyad and Al Amir SE is between 8,000 and 8,500 bopd (gross).

Fluid offtake from the Geyad and Al Amir SE fields will continue to be managed in the light of good oil field practice as the waterflood is initiated and becomes operational and proven effective to maximize recovery.

Circle Oil has a 40% working interest in the lease.