NICOSIA - Noble Energy experts are looking into the mechanical problem that prevented the indicative flame to come out at the top of the natural gas well offshore Cyprus.
This is what Energy Minister George Lakkotrypis said on Friday, the day after the first production test in block 12 within the island’s Exclusive Economic Zone was launched.
Thursday was marked as “symbolic” in the island’s history despite the disappointment over the much-awaited flame, which, according to experts, is an early indication - blue, hopefully; dark blue, even better.
“If the tool that failed to work can be repaired promptly without having to be replaced then the flame could be visible within two-three days and the production test could only take four-five days longer,” he said.
“We are talking about issues of great focal depth, but also about issues of security because of the high pressures involved. That’s why the job done has to be done very carefully,” he added.
The drill stem test will figure out the pressure and quality of block 12, and the results should be ready by the month’s end or early in October.
The procedure is conducted by the block’s partners - 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. The analysis of results will take place in Houston.
The possibility of a second confirmatory drilling at a later stage is open, as it depends on the results of the stem test.
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.