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Max Petroleum Drills Zhana Makat Development Well

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Max Petroleum has successfully drilled development well ZMA-A22 in the Zhana Makat field in Kazakhstan. The well reached a total depth of 4,472 feet, encountering hydrocarbons in Jurassic and Triassic sandstone reservoirs, which were in line with expectations.

Max plans to complete the well and then place it online, the company said in a released statement. The well, situated on Block E, was drilled by the Zhanros Drilling ZJ-20 rig.

Discovered in September 2006, the onshore Zhana Makat field produces about 2,300 barrels of oil per day from a combination of Jurassic, Neocomian, and Triassic reservoirs. The field came online in August 2007 and has a life expectancy of 25 years.

Thus far, the operator has drilled five exploration, appraisal and developments wells, including two Triassic wells in the southern end of the field. Max Petroleum plans to return the Triassic wells to production in 2013 as well as drill up to eight additional appraisal and development wells.

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