Operations - Morocco

From a pioneer in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to an international Anglo-Turkish E&P Company

Juby Maritime
Sidi Moussa
Mir Left


Our operations in Morocco

Three offshore blocks:

  • Juby Maritime Interest: 37.5% (Cairn Energy 37.5%, ONHYM 25%)
  • Sidi Moussa Interest: 60% (Serica, San Leon & Longreach 15%, ONHYM 25%)
  • Mir Left Interest: 75% (ONHYM 25%)
  • Gross acreage 16,489 square km

Through a combination of farm-in and corporate acquisitions, Genel is establishing a material position in Morocco. We are specifically focusing on the proven hydrocarbon system in offshore Morocco associated with Jurassic carbonates. Our positions are underexplored and offer exciting exploration prospects in a frontier area.

Our acreage position offshore Morocco consists of three licences, Juby Maritime, Sidi Moussa and Mir Left, spanning some 16,500 sq km. Exploration activity to date has focused on the potential for oil accumulations in Jurassic aged rocks, although a deeper pre-salt play in the Triassic is also under evaluation. In total, around 1,940 sq km of 3D seismic has been acquired across the Morocco licence position.

In January 2014, the partners on the Juby Maritime licence spudded the first well offshore Morocco, the JM-1 well, which targeted the Cap Juby prospect. The well confirmed the presence of heavy oil over a gross interval of 110 metres in an Upper Jurassic carbonate reservoir. Work is ongoing to evaluate the extent of moveable hydrocarbons and how any further assessment should be conducted.

The Noble Paul Romano rig then moved to drill the Nour prospect on the Sidi Moussa block. This was plugged and abandoned in November 2014. The well was drilled to a total depth of 2,825 metres sub-sea and encountered oil in fractured and brecciated cavernous Upper Jurassic carbonates. In the course of well control operations 26 degree API oil was produced to surface. A subsequent testing program over the same interval failed to produce oil at sustainable rates, potentially as a consequence of the reservoir damage suffered during drilling and well control operations. Further evaluation of the well results and other subsurface information is required before any definitive conclusions can be drawn. 


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Annual Report & Accounts 2013