Exploration and production company Europa Oil & Gas has started spudding of the Barchiz-1 exploration well in Romania.

The Barchiz-1 well, situated in the EPI-3 Brates Concession, is scheduled to take approximately 30 days to drill to an estimated final total depth of 1,400m.

The Barchiz Prospect is 10km from, and on trend with, the Geamana Oilfield (50mmbo reserves).

The pre-drill oil-in-place estimate for Barchiz is up to 94mmbo and there are five additional leads on-block in the same structural play, which will be significantly upgraded by success at Barchiz.

Additionally, leads in the same play have been identified on new seismic data in the Cuejdiu block,
immediately to the north of Brates.

It is likely that additional seismic will be acquired in the Brates block in 2011 over the Tazlaul Mare Deep feature, a large thrust structure beneath the Tazlaul Mare gas condensate field, to mature this prospect for drilling.

Europa managing director Paul Barrett said that Barchiz is Europa’s first well in the prolific Carpathian thrustbelt oil play and along with the additional leads and prospects identified in the Brates and Cuejdiu blocks, provides a strong conveyor belt of exciting exploration potential going forward.