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Commencement of drilling operations at the Lagia Oil Field

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SacOil, through its subsidiary Mena International Petroleum Company Ltd (Mena), commenced the drilling of the Lagia 11 well on 13 November 2015, at its 100% owned Lagia oil field in Sinai, onshore Egypt. This comes as part of the Phase 2 field development operations.

The Lagia 11 well is part of a five well drilling campaign aimed at increasing and optimising production. The wells, Lagia 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15, will be drilled using the contracted Petro PDSO land rig, Shams 1, and will be targeting the main producing reservoir, the Nukhul formation at approximately 1500 ft below mean sea level.

Also included in the Phase 2 field development was the successful installation and commissioning of steam facilities for a thermal recovery process on the production wells.

The existing five production wells were successfully steamed with the formation reacting positively by accepting the injected steam as anticipated. The thermal recovery process yielded positive results with an increase in production rates observed after the first steam and soak cycle using progressive cavity pumps.

The five existing wells were steamed and allowed to soak for a number of days in order to heat up the reservoir and reduce the oil viscosity before starting production. The final programme1631 includes the steaming and thermal recovery of all the wells in order to achieve a targeted production rate of 1000 bpd.

The company successfully procured and is in the process of installing ten new thermal well heads and tubing sucker rod pumps, which have been customised specifically for the Lagia field conditions and which will replace the progressive cavity pumps.

More details on the results of the drilling, as well as progress on the current operations, will be announced in due course.

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