Circle Oil, the UK-listed energy exploration company, has started extended test production on a well in the Sebou concession in Morocco, following the completion of engineering works and construction of surface facilities. 

The company is planning to increase gas production from the KSR-8 well from the current 1,600 cubic feet a day (cf/d) to a maximum of 2,500 cf/d later this quarter, once other planned maintenance work is complete.

A new gas pipeline is also being installed at the site which will be capable of transporting 16,000 cf/d

The company says it has had to halt work on a number of other drilling sites in the Rharb Basin, where the Sebou concession is located, due to winter rainfall and associated flooding. It plans to restart civil engineering work and drilling one weather conditions improve.

Circle holds a 75 per cent equity interest in the Sebou permit, with the remainder held by the state-owned Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines.

The company, which is listed on the Alternative Investment Market in London, also has exploration and production interests inthe Zeit Bay area of  Egypt; the Ras Mamour, Mahdia and Grombalia areas of  Tunisia;onshore block 49 and offshore block 52 in Oman; and the Owambo Basinin Namibia.