Max Petroleum has begun testing of the ZMA-ET1 appraisal well in the Zhana Makat Field, successfully flowing 47 degree API oil at an equivalent rate of approximately 1,200 barrels of oil per day ("bopd") from perforations in a Triassic reservoir from depths of 1,282 to 1,288 meters during a five hour flow-back period. The well, located in Kazakhstan, will be connected to temporary production facilities later this week and brought onto production. The Company expects the well to produce at a stabilized rate between 500 and 1,000 bopd.
Completion and testing of the ZMA-ET2 well is expected to begin shortly, with production beginning in the next few weeks. Both wells will initially be placed on test production pending confirmation of reserves necessary for future inclusion in Zhana Makat's full field development program.
Michael B. Young, President and CFO, commented, "This is the best test rate we have seen in any well we have drilled to date and further confirmation of the potential of the Triassic reservoirs on Blocks A&E. We will continue to increase production this month as we bring on the ZMA-ET2 and BOR-3 wells, followed by the ASK-1 Jurassic well in August. We are also looking forward to drilling other Triassic prospects in our portfolio this quarter, including Sagiz West, Zhalgyz South, and Asanketken."
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