NICOSIA - Results of the drill stem test offshore Cyprus on the pressure and quality of natural gas will be ready the first week of October, Energy Minister George Lakkotrypis said on Tuesday.
“It’s a very sensitive issue, we must be very careful with information given out on both the quality and quantity,” he also said.
“We have to be patient a few more days so as to have the official preliminary results in our hands. Companies involved are registered on the stock exchange of their countries,” he added.
The first production test of the natural gas in block 12 began early in September and was marked as a “symbolic” event in the island’s history. It is the first time that Cyprus will have its own gas.
According to the details of the stem test, the cost will run to approximately $64m and the procedure is conducted by the partners in block 12 or ‘Aphrodite’. That is, Houston-based Noble Energy and Israeli Delek Drilling and Anver.
The test aims to determine the pressure, quality and productive capacity of a geological formation during the drilling of a well. Analysing the results in Houston will be a highly technical procedure.
An early indication, according to the experts involved, was the flame at the top of the well which was made visible with some days’ delay because of a technical problem.
The possibility of a second confirmatory drilling at a later stage is open, as it depends on the results of the stem test.
During the test the production rate is expected to reach 60 million cubic feet of gas a day.
Noble’s exploratory drilling in 2011 discovered an estimated resource of 5 trillion cubic feet (tcf) to 8 tcf, with a mean of 7 tcf.