The Alexandrite 1X well, drilled to more than 3,690 metres, tested at 19.8 million cubic feet a day

(cf/d) of gas and 4,045 barrels a day (b/d) of condensate. Production on the well is expected to start imminently, the first commercial yield from the Alam el-Bueib 6 (AEB6) formation in the firm’s Matruh concession.

Halthor Deep 1X, a well in Apache’s Khalda Offset concession also on AEB6, tested at 12 million cf/d of gas. The same well also tested at 1,237 b/d of oil from a different formation. Apache is planning further AEB6 drilling in 2007.

The Qasr 34 well, drilled to 4,268 metres, tested at 18.4 million cf/d of gas and 725 b/d of condensate. The well extends the Qasr field to the north by 2.5 kilometres. Qasr 36, drilled to 3,785 metres, tested at 2,954 b/d of crude and 2.1 million cf/d of gas.