SDX Energy began drilling operations in late March on the SD-1X well at its South Disouq concession in Egypt’s Nile Delta area. The well targets gas in the upper Abu ;Madi section and oil in the lower AEB and Abu Roash sections. Drilling operations were expected to take 30 to 45 days. The company was granted a 6-month extension to its initial exploration period, which will run to 19 September. SDX said this would allow adequate time to evaluate well results before deciding on additional exploration at the concession.