Genting strikes oil in Natuna Sea

Nov 27, 2006 01:00 AM

Genting has successfully completed and tested its two offshore exploration wells in Indonesia, named Ande Ande Lumut -- 2X-R (AAL-2X-R) and Ande Ande Lumut -- 3X (AAL-3X), in which oil has been discovered.
Genting's subsidiary Genting Oil Natuna Pte Ltd (GONPL) is the operator and a 100 % interest holder of the Northwest Natuna Production Sharing Contract, in which these two wells are located. The two wells are part of a three-well offshore drilling program in West Natuna that the Group is carrying out, close to the Malaysian border.

Well AAL-2X-R began its drilling activities on September 24, 2006 and reached a total depth of 1,356 meters on October 4, 2006. AAL-2X-R is located at the southern edge of the Ande Ande Lumut Oil Discovery. A 44 m thick K Sand with excellent reservoir characteristics held a 9 m oil column and this has defined the southern edge of oil in this reservoir.
Well AAL-3X began its drilling activities on October 20, 2006 and reached a total depth of 1,290 meters on November 3, 2006. AAL-3X is located in the centre of the Ande Ande Lumut Oil Discovery, about 3 km north of AAL-2X-R. Both wells intersected several oil-bearing sandstones.

A major testing program was then undertaken on two of these sandstone reservoirs in order to flow oil to surface. The first flow test of an 8-meter sandstone reservoir produced oil at a restricted flow rate of 525 barrels of oil per day. The second flow test was performed across the upper part of a 19-meter thick oil column located within a 36-meter thick K Sand and this produced oil at a restricted flow rate of 1,210 boepd.
"The results of these wells are extremely encouraging, such that the work will now begin on determining the oil reserves of the Ande Ande Lumut and Anambas and how best to rapidly develop this oil in cooperation with BP Migas. Once this work is completed, a Plan of Development will be submitted to BP Migas," said Mr T.S. Ong, Chief Executive Officer of Genting Oil & Gas, which owns 100 % interest in GONPL.

"GONPL's progress work has been impressive, having fully completed a 3D seismic survey and drilling of two offshore exploration wells within the first 2 years of the PSC term, despite a 3-year work commitment of 3D seismic and to drill one well.”
“We are very pleased that our Oil & Gas Division's first three 100 %-owned and operated exploration wells in Indonesia were drilled successfully and that all three wells revealed potentially good hydrocarbon reserves. These are very positive developments for our Oil & Gas Division," he added.

Genting's Oil & Gas Division has now completed a three-well offshore exploration drilling program in the West Natuna area of Indonesia. The first well, named Anambas-1X on the Anambas PSC (located 90 km to the south of Northwest Natuna), was announced as a gas and condensate discovery on September 25, 2006.
In addition to developing the Ande Ande Lumut oil and the Anambas gas and condensate discoveries, the Division will continue to study the potential of several other prospects within these Northwest Natuna and Anambas PSC Blocks.

In Indonesia, the Genting Oil and Gas division has interests in three Production Sharing Contracts which were signed with BP Migas, namely the Anambas PSC (100 %), the Northwest Natuna PSC (100 %) and the West Salawati PSC (49.99 %). BP Migas is the Indonesian agency responsible for supervising upstream oil and gas activities.
The Anambas and Northwest Natuna PSCs have a three-year work commitment of 3D seismic, to be followed by the drilling of exploration wells. The Anambas and Northwest Natuna PSCs were acquired in June and December 2004 respectively.

Both blocks are in the West Natuna Sea and are adjacent to the maritime boundary of Peninsular Malaysia. A 49.99 % non-operated interest in the West Salawati PSC was acquired in January 2005. This block includes onshore areas of Salawati Island and offshore areas of the Seram Sea and Sele Straits.
Exploration drilling onshore Salawati Island is planned for later this year.

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