Max Petroleum announced an operational update of its activities in the Blocks A&E Licence area in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Discovery in Narmundanak South
The NARS-1 exploration well on the Narmundanak South prospect in Block E has reached total depth of 1,589 metres with electric logs indicating 4 meters of net oil pay at depths from 1,280 to 1,290 meters in the Triassic Formation with porosities ranging from 18% to 25%. A fluid sample taken from a depth of 1,283 meters yielded 32 degree API oil. The Company is running production casing in the well and expects to test NARS-1 for commercial viability in the next 60-90 days upon receipt of the requisite governmental approvals.
Borkyldakty Field Placed on Trial Production
The Borkyldakty Field has been placed on production after receiving final approval of the trial production project ("TPP") from the Kazakhstan regulatory authorities. The TPP, valid through March 2013, allows the Company to produce the field and drill additional exploration and appraisal wells in order to gather additional data necessary to prepare a full field development plan. The Company has returned the BOR-1 discovery well to production and is planning to drill the BOR-3 development well in June 2011 using the IDECO rig after it has finished the NARS-1 discovery well.
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