Potential Gas Discovery at North Kendang-1

South East Asia-focused Salamander Energy reported Thursday that it has suspended its North Kendang-1 exploration well, offshore Indonesia, as a potential gas discovery.

The NK-1 well – located in the South East Sangatta production sharing contract – was spud by the Ocean General (mid-water semisub) rig on February 10. So far, the well has been drilled to approximately 8,318 feet.

Salamander said the well drilled through a predominantly shale-prone section throughout the Pliocene and – on reaching the first Upper Miocene reservoir target at 8,310 feet – the well took "a significant kick from an influx of high pressure hydrocarbon gas" into the well bore at a wellhead pressure of around 4,000 pounds per square inch.

As a result of encountering high pressure gas, the well experienced what Salamander described as operational challenges that ultimately led to its suspension before evaluating the reservoir section. The gas has been sampled and is being analyzed with initial results pointing to a wet gas, while pressure data indicate a potentially significant column height.

Salamander is reviewing the option to return to NK-1 as part of the current drilling campaign, in order to drill ahead and evaluate the Upper Miocene section.

Salamander Chief Executive John Menzies commented in a statement:

"Finding wet gas at North Kendang is highly encouraging for continued exploration in the North Kutei basin, though further drilling will be required to determine reservoir quality and a range of hydrocarbon volumes. As the well results are integrated into the geological model and technical evaluation continues, we will drill the Bedug prospect with a view to returning to North Kendang thereafter."

Salamander said the Ocean General rig is now being mobilized to the Bontang PSC to drill the Bedug-1 exploration well, the third well in the firm's multi-well program in the North Kutei basin.

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