Continental Energy today announced that its 18% owned subsidiary Continental-GeoPetro (Bengara-II) Ltd. ("CGB2") has proposed a 2011 Bengara-II Block exploration budget to Indonesian oil and gas regulators in the total amount of US$ 89 Million.
The total proposed by CGB2 included the drilling of two wells in 2011 including one appraisal well and one exploratory and/or additional appraisal well at a combined budget of US$ 53.8 Million.
The total also included an amount of US$ 30.8 Million for 2D and 3D seismic acquisition, processing, and interpretation expenditures. Most of the 2011 seismic expenditure is a carry forward from the 2010 budget year for the ongoing field acquisition survey originally begun in 2010. However, the amount proposed for 2011 does include an increase in expected 2010 seismic acquisition costs to cover cost overruns expected as a result of delays to 2010 field acquisition efforts caused by surface damage claim issues.
The remainder of the proposed budget provides for technical studies intended to justify a plan of development and for administrative expenses. The budget is subject to the revision of and the approval of Indonesian oil and gas regulator BPMIGAS.
Kunlun Energy Company, formerly known as CNPC (Hong Kong) Ltd.) is the majority shareholder of CGB2. Kunlun controls and manages all of CGB2's operational activities.
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