Roxi, the Central Asian oil and gas company with a focus on Kazakhstan, is pleased to update the market with news of a licence extension and of operational progress at its Galaz asset.
The Galaz block is located in the Kyzylorda Oblast in central Kazakhstan. The Contract Area was extended on 10 January 2011 to 179 square kilometres and now includes significant exploration upside on the east side of the Karatau fault system, as well as the NW Konys development.
The operator is LGI, the Korean multi-national, which invested US$34.4 million by way of loans into the project and paid a further US$15.6 million in return for 40 per cent of the asset. A total of 30 square kilometres 3D seismic has been acquired and processed.
Roxi has a 34.44 interest in the Galaz Contract Area.
Roxi is pleased to announce the extension of the licence at the Galaz Contract Area for a further two-year period to 14 May 2016. The licence has been extended on the current pilot production basis, although at the request of Galaz LLP may be converted to a full production licence.
As previously announced Roxi Well NK-31 has been spudded and is to be drilled to a total depth of 2,500 meters targeting the Middle Jurassic. The well is expected to reach Total Depth by the end of July 2014. It is being drilled on the main Contract Area.
Drilling has reached a depth of 2,350 meters without incident. Core samples taken between 2,070 and 2,079 meters in the Karagansaisky horizon contain an interlayering of argillite and conglomerates.
High gas shows were detected when drilling at the depth of 2,283 meters (Doshan Suite). Core samples have been taken between 2,283 and 2,292 meters and preliminary, analysis shows the core consists of sandstones.
A further announcement on this well will be made in due course when the results of further analysis are available.
Clive Carver, Chairman commented
"Although Roxi investor focus in recent months has been at our BNG asset, based on our drilling activities at Galaz we are now confident Galaz is also a valuable asset and one we wish to develop further."