Zion Begins Drilling

May 5, 2009 by  

Zion Oil & Gas announced yesterday that drilling operations have begun at the Ma’anit Rehoboth #2 well site.


Drilling Supervisor Jerry Carlisle Directs Final Assembly

Zion will drill down to a depth of 15,400 feet (Triassic), where the Ma’anit #1 was forced to quit in 2005, and then plans to increase to a final depth of more than 18,000, into theĀ  Permian, where most of the world’s oil reserves has been discovered.

Ma'anit Rehoboth #2 Well Head, Beneath the Rig Platform

Ma'anit Rehoboth #2 Well Head, Beneath the Rig Platform

Drilling operations will run 24 hours a day in 12 hour shifts, operated by the AME (Turkey) drilling crew.

AME's 2,000 Horsepower Rig

AME's 2,000 Horsepower Rig

AME’s 2,000 horsepower drilling is twice the size as the Lapidoth rig used on Zion’s Ma’anit #1 in 2005. The mechanical issues due to rig capacity in 2005 should not be a problem during the Ma’anit Rehoboth #2 well, using the new AME rig.

Even with the new rig, drilling can be slow and expensive. According to Zion COO and President Glen Perry, “Due to the depth and slow bit penetration rates, dry hole drilling costs per well are estimated to be between $7 million and $9.5 million. Completed well costs are estimated to be between $9 million and $11 million.”

The name “Rehoboth” was chosen for the new well from scripture after the decision to abandon the Ma’anit #1 due to mechanical problems. “He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, ‘Now the Lord has given us room (Rehoboth means room) and we will flourish in the land.’” (Genesis 26:22)

Below is a gallery of shots taken from the Ma’anit Rehoboth #2 well site.


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3 Responses to “Zion Begins Drilling”

  1. michael knox on May 8th, 2009 12:25 pm

    is zion using the same wellbore as no 1 well?
    if so drilling to 18,000 should not take that long??????

  2. Rainman19 on May 14th, 2009 8:28 am

    If I understand things right, directional drilling can happen from the same surface location. I don’t believe they’re using the same well bore for this well. By going directional (slant) they can explore further out and into the potential reservoir that showed up on the seismic. Once they get to the depth they want, they can then drill horizontal. As they drill, I suspect they’ll be looking for producable “up-hole” zones to offset well costs. jmho

  3. Rainman19 on May 16th, 2009 3:58 pm

    An update on the drilling can be found on the company website.

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