South East Asia-focused Salamander Energy reported Monday that it has now finished drilling operations on the North Kendang-2 exploration well in its South East Sangatta production sharing contract (PSC), Indonesia. Although the well found hydrocarbons, it has been deemed non-commercial and has been plugged and abandoned.
Salamander said the well reached a total depth of 8,430 feet true vertical depth subsea and encountered two hydrocarbon-bearing intervals – one of which was the primary objective zone of high pressure encountered in the North Kendang-1 well. This was successfully penetrated in NK-2 and comprised an 8.2-foot gas condensate-bearing sand.
Additionally, a 34.5-foot gas-bearing sand with oil shows was encountered at a shallower depth. Salamander said that this sand is at the same stratigraphic interval that flowed at 6,000 barrels of oil per day on test in the South Kecapi-1 DIR/ST well in the Bontang PSC.
Despite the discoveries, the volume of hydrocarbons encountered is considered to be sub-commercial and the NK-2 well has been plugged and abandoned.
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