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Early production facility arrives at West Rustavi field

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Block Energy has announced that an early production facility (EPF) has arrived at the West Rustavi field in Georgia.

Early production facility arrives at West Rustavi field

The EPF, a key component in enabling the company to process and sell gas from its West Rustavi field, has arrived onsite from Canada. The EPF comprises an inlet manifold for six wells, separators and a gas dehydration and measuring unit. Gas sales are forecast to commence during 2H20, once the WR-16aZ and WR-38 wells have been tied into the inlet manifold and the gas sales pipeline has been installed.

In relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, Georgia is beginning a phased approach to returning to business, with restrictive measures having been relaxed for its citizens. There have been no Covid-19 cases at the company's operations. Block's wells at West Rustavi remain shut in, as announced on 7 April 2020.

Block has also announced the engagement of EPI, whose expertise encompasses geophysical and geological interpretation, petrophysics and reservoir engineering. It is intended that EPI will add significant value and technical discipline to Block's oil and gas future development programmes. The specific service is the provision of an outsourced sub-surface reservoir development department, fully integrated into the Block organisation within a strategic partnership. EPI has worked with small independents, supermajors and national oil companies in over 90 countries.

EPI will assist with defining new development well activity in the company's existing fields, such as West Rustavi, and in soon-to-be-acquired assets within the Block XIB area. In particular, Block sees significant potential for the horizontal side-tracking of existing wells, including the appraisal of the PAT-E1 gas discovery drilled by Schlumberger in 2019. EPI will bring their expertise to the analysis of the geological aspects of horizontal well design and the selection and ranking of previously identified opportunities in Block XIB, where over 180 million bbl of oil have been produced, with a peak production rate of 67 000 boe/d.

Block Energy CEO, Paul Haywood, said: "The Block team remains enthusiastically active on many fronts. I am pleased to report the arrival of our West Rustavi Early Production Facility in the field getting us closer to achieving gas sales, a significant milestone for the company. It is also welcome news that Georgia is easing the Covid-19 restrictions and is forecast to re-open its borders in July.

"We are delighted to welcome the EPI team, whose engagement expresses a strong vote of confidence in our company's asset base. Their expertise will immediately strengthen our current workstreams, whilst defining our next phase of development. Our Georgian portfolio is an undervalued resource base. The newly-formed relationship with EPI will significantly augment our technical capability and enhance the group's ability to define the optimum development programme for the soon-to-be-acquired XIB asset."

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