Chariot makes natural gas discovery while drilling OBA-1 well onshore Morocco

May 28, 2024

(WO) – Chariot Limited announced the results from the drilling of the OBA-1 well on the Dartois prospect, the second of a two well drilling campaign, in the Loukos Onshore license onshore Morocco (Chariot, Operator 75%, ONHYM, 25%).

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The OBA-1 well was safely and efficiently drilled, on time and on budget, to a final measured depth of 901 m through the target reservoirs.

Following comprehensive evaluation of the well data, including wireline logs, cuttings and gas data, preliminary interpretations confirm the presence of reservoirs over an interval of approximately 200 m gross thickness, corresponding to the pre-drill targets.

Additionally, the drilling campaign identified an approximate 70 m gross interval of primary containing elevated resistivities coincident with elevated mud gas readings, indicating potential gas pays, with no water-bearing reservoirs identified.

Further post-drill analysis will be conducted in preparation for well flow testing which will determine the well productivity and the gas resource potential of the discovery.

The well will now be suspended to allow future rigless flow testing operations and potential use as a producer well, and the rig will then be demobilized.

Duncan Wallace, Technical Director of Chariot, said, “We are very pleased to report the successful drilling of the OBA-1 well at the Dartois prospect, which now concludes Chariot’s first onshore drilling campaign in Morocco and brings with it positive results for the potential of the Dartois area.

“We will now integrate the comprehensive data we have obtained from both the RZK-1 and OBA-1 wells with recently reprocessed 3D seismic data to understand the resource potential of the Dartois area, to confirm the optimal future work program on the discovery and the impact on wider prospectivity across the Loukos license. Our two first wells have both been successful in confirming our geological model for reservoir distribution and the presence of gas which bodes well for future exploration activity.

“Our focus on the Loukos license is to get any commercial discoveries to first gas as quickly as possible.”




We now look forward to the offshore drilling campaign planned for Q3 2024, on the Anchois gas field, with our new partners Energean, where we are looking to increase the development to over 1 Tcf.”

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