September 2013

In This Issue
StratoChem and Sirius Exhibit at URTeC
Kuwait Energy Finds More Egyptian Oil
Tanzania Expects Big Reserve Increase
Egypt: Tarek El-Molla Appointed New EGPC Chairman
Canada: Northern Petroleum Sees Increased Drilling Opportunities
Thailand: Mubadala and KrisEnergy Approve Nong Yao Development
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Upcoming Events  
  • September 2nd: 4th Annual Africa Gas and L&G Summit - Maputo, Mozambique
  • September 3rd: SPE Offshore Europe Conference & Exhibition 2013 - Aberdeen, UK
  • September 8th: AAPG International Conference & Exhibition - Cartagena, Colombia. 
  • September 10th: East Mediterranean Oil & Gas Conference - Paphos, Cyprus
  • September 16th: SPE Reservoir Characterization and Simulation Conference & Exhibition - Abu Dhabi, UAE  
  • September 22nd: SEG Annual Meeting - Houston, USA 
Great Scientists from Egyptian History   

Egypt has a long history of scientific excellence. Below are a few of the more famous Egyptian scientists, from Pharaonic times until today.

Imhotep (2650-2600 BC): A highly-ranked doctor and engineer who served the Pharaoh Djoser, Imhotep was the architect of the famous step pyramid at Saqqara. So renowned was his genius that later generations of ancient Egyptians considered him a brother to Thoth, ancient god of  learning. 
Hypatia (350-370 AD): This Alexandrian renaissance woman was a gifted astronomer and mathematician and a skilled philosopher who continued the legacy of Socrates and Plato with her circle of students. 
Ibn Yunus
Ibn Yunus (950-1009 AD): A poet and scientist, Ibn Yunus worked for the Fatimid dynasty as an official astronomer. His contributions to astronomy were so important that the Ibn Yunus crater on the moon was named after him.
Ibn Al-Haytham (965-1040 AD): Persian-born Ibn Al-Haytham (called Alhazen by his European translators) did his most famous and pioneering work in physics and optics while living in Cairo.
Sameera Moussa   
Sameera Moussa (1917-1952): A very talented physicist, Dr. Moussa foresaw an era in which the peaceful use of nuclear power would improve human societies all over the world.  A Fulbright Atomic Program scholar, Sameera Moussa  was the first foreigner to see secret nuclear facilities in the United States. 
Mustafa El-Sayyed   
Mustafa El-Sayyed (b. 1937): A pioneer of nanotechnology and spectroscopy, Professor El-Sayyed has received numerous awards for his research and teaches at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the United States.
Elsayed Elsayed Wagih   
Elsayed Elsayed Wagih (b. 1946): Dr. Wagih is a world-famous biotechnologist and virologist and inventor of Zymoblot, the most rapid procedure in existence for detecting enzyme action at the cellular level.  

It's been an eventful summer for both StratoChem and Egypt.  News channels all over the world showed the recent changes our country has gone through, and we were touched to receive so many heartfelt phone calls and emails making sure we were alright here in Cairo.

Not only are all of us and our familes safe and healthy, but we here at StratoChem have had a very exciting, successful summer.  We've exhibited all over the world, making new friends from London to Pittsburgh to Denver. And despite events on the news, we haven't had any slowdowns, delays, or difficulties in providing some of the best geochemical analysis and interpretation available worldwide.

As we head into fall and winter, we look forward to an even more prosperous and exciting end of the year.


Your Friends at StratoChem Services


September 2013
StratoChem and Sirius Exhibit at Unconventional Resources Technology Conference in Denver


URTeC 2  

From August 12th-14th StratoChem Services exhibited with our partners, Sirius Exploration Geochemistry, at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) in Denver, Colorado. Held at the Colorado Convention Center, URTeC gave StratoChem the chance to showcase the many applications of our geochemical solutions in unconventional exploration. A second Unconventional Resources Technology Conference is planned for next summer, though we look forward to seeing the many friends we met this year at URTeC before August of 2014.
Kuwait Energy Finds More Egyptian Oil

Egypt Flag Flat August 26th, 2013


Kuwait Energy has found more oil and gas in a new zone at its El Salmiya-2 well on the Abu Sennan concession in Egypt's Western Desert.  


Australia-based well partner Beach Energy said Monday that a drill stem test of the Kharita formation initially flowed at a rate of 3530 barrels of oil per day and 4.7 million cubic feet per day of gas.


The 42-degree API light crude yielded from the test is the first time oil has been encountered in the Kharita formation within the concession, Beach said, with previous production having been obtained from the shallower Bahariya and Abu Roash plays.

The Kharita oil column has been measured to a depth of 68 metres, equating to 49 metres true vertical depth.  According to the joint venture, the sandstone is of excellent quality with 56 metres of net pay.


Kuwait has estimated gross proven and probable reserves of 18.5 million barrels of oil and 142 billion cubic feet of gas in the Kharita play alone. However, Beach believes there is potential for further upside within both Kharita and the additional identified pay zones Abu Roash C, Abu Roash E and the Bahariya formation.


Kuwait operates the Abu Sennan concession with a 50% interest while Beach holds a 22% stake. Dover Investments holds the remaining 28% equity.

Tanzania Expects Big Reserve Increase

Tanzanian Flag August 22nd, 2013  

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Tanzania has big plans for its natural gas reserves over the next two years as the government expects to see its already significant reserve base increase substantially.


"It is expected that Tanzania's natural gas resources will rise to 200 Tcf after the next two years," the energy and minerals ministry said in a statement. This is five-fold what the country's current reserves are pegged at.


The country's energy ministry said on Wednesday that oil and gas exploration activities were being carried out offshore, along the coastline, lakes, and on onshore blocks.


An estimated 17 new wells are expected to be drilled over the 2013/2014 fiscal year according to a previous statement from Tanzania's minister for energy and minerals, Sospeter Muhongo.

Egypt: Tarek El-Molla Appointed New EGPC Chairman
Egypt Flag Flat August 25th, 2013
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Egypt has appointed Tarek El-Molla as chairman of state-run Egyptian General Petroleum Corp (EGPC), the Oil Ministry said, a move that is likely to encourage foreign oil companies operating there.


"Tarek El-Molla, who is vice chairman for foreign trade, will carry out the duties of chairman of EGPC," a ministry statement said Thursday.


Molla, a veteran at EGPC, replaces incumbent Tarek El-Barkatawy. Tarek moved to Tanmia Petroleum Corporation and assumed the role of chairman.


Top oil officials have been changed a number of times since Egypt's revolution, and this is the third switch at EGPC since the start of the year. Barkatawy was appointed around mid-May.

Canada: Northern Petroleum Sees Increased Drilling Opportunities
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August 26th, 2013

AIM-listed Northern Petroleum on Friday provided an update on the previously announced testing programme designed to evaluate the production potential of the leases acquired by the Company in northern Alberta, Canada, in the first quarter of 2013. Since acquiring the acreage, the Company has purchased and interpreted 19 sq kms of 3D seismic data. This analysis has increased the number and type of drilling opportunities available on the land. These opportunities include the identification of undrilled reef structures as well as reefs which may benefit from drilling up-structure from the previous entry point.

As a result of this work, the Company is now sufficiently confident to extend the proof of concept programme to include a possible side track and a new well alongside the re-entries. Rig tenders are currently being evaluated for this programme. While this work has been undertaken, the Company has been awaiting the formal assignment of the existing wellbores from previous operators to allow access to the well re-entry candidates. These assignments are in process, however are taking longer than usual. The drilling of a new well and a side track are not affected by this and therefore the final proof of concept well sequence will be adapted to reflect this.

The seismic analysis and the wait on the assignment of wellbores mean that a rig is now expected to be on location in November this year to start the testing programme. Upon encouraging results, operations will move immediately into the development phase.

Keith Bush, Chief Executive Officer of Northern, commented: 'While the team is keen to get a rig on site and test the play, this change in approach to the proof of concept phase will allow us to evaluate the different development options from the start. This in turn should lead to a more economically efficient development.'
Mubadala and KrisEnergy Approve Nong Yao Development in Gulf of Thailand
August 26th, 2013
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Mubadala Petroleum and its co-concessionaire, KrisEnergy, announced Aug 20 that they have approved the development of the Nong Yao field in Concession G11/48 in the Gulf of Thailand. Mubadala Petroleum, through its wholly-owned affiliates, holds a 75 percent interest in the G11/48 concession and is operator. The remaining 25 percent interest is held by KrisEnergy.


The Nong Yao field was discovered in 2009. Its development follows on the heels of the Manora field project that was approved in July 2012. Nong Yao is located in the southern Gulf of Thailand approx. 165 kms offshore in water depth of about 75 meters. The development comprises a Wellhead Processing Platform (WPP) and a minimum facility Wellhead Platform (WHP) with crude export via a Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) vessel. The facilities will have production capacity of up to 15,000 barrels of oil per day and 30,000 barrels of fluids per day.


The initial development phase will consist of 23 development wells targeting the primary reservoirs. It is planned to commence production in the first half 2015 and peak rates are expected to reach approx. 10,000 barrels of oil per day within a few months of first oil. Mubadala Petroleum expects the Nong Yao project to develop some 12.4 million barrels (gross) of oil via a combination of artificial lift and waterflood technologies. Field life is projected at around seven years.


Contract awards for the platform construction and installation, and the supply of the dedicated FSO unit, are currently being finalized.