Eni Finds Gas at Merakes Well in East Sepinggan Block Off East Kalimantan

Italy's Eni reported Monday that it has made an important gas finding in the Merakes exploration prospect, in the East Sepinggan Block,  where Eni is operator with a 100 percent stake. The Block is located in the offshore East Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia 105.6 miles (170 kilometers) south of the Bontang LNG Plant and 21.7 miles (35 kilometers) from the offshore Jangkrik field, also operated by Eni.

The finding  was made through the Merakes 1 well which was drilled at a water depth of 4,501 feet (1,372 meters) and reached a total depth of 8,661 feet (2,640 meters). The well encountered a significant accumulation of gas in the lower Pliocene clastic sequence. Merakes has crossed a hydrocarbon column of 196 feet (60 meters) in high quality sandstones.

Merakes is the first exploration well drilled by Eni in the East Sepinggan Block, which was assigned to the Company in 2012 following an International Bid Round. Merakes finding potential has been preliminary estimated to be 1.3 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of gas in place. The finding  has further upside that will be assessed with a delineation campaign.

Claudio Descalzi, Eni’s CEO said: “This new success further implements the Company’s growth strategy in the Pacific Basin where, in addition to its presence in Indonesia, Australia and China, Eni recently signed new exploration contracts in Vietnam, Myanmar and China. Merakes finding is a significant one as it strengthens our position as operator in Indonesia. Moreover thanks to its proximity to the Jangkrik field, which is currently under development, this new  gas finding could supply in the future additional gas volumes to the Bontang LNG plant. This new achievement proves once more the effectiveness of Eni’s strategic approach to exploration, which is based on operating with elevated stakes in exploration phase to better valorize exploration success”

Eni has been operating in Indonesia since 2001 and currently has a large portfolio of assets in exploration, production and development which have an increasing importance in contributing to the overall Company’s production growth. The company holds working interests in 14 permits and is operator in 10 of them. The exploration  activities are located in acreage in the Tarakan and Kutei Basins, offshore Kalimantan, north of Sumatra, West Timor and West Papua. In the Kutei Basin in early 2014 Eni started the development activities of the deep offshore Jangkrik gas field in the Muara Bakau PSC. Eni also holds a participating interest in the development of significant gas reserves located in the Ganal and Rapak PSCs. Production activities are located in the Mahakam River Delta, East Kalimantan through the participated Company VICO Ltd (Eni 50 percent, BP 50 percent) operator of the Sanga Sanga PSC that provides an average equity production of 17,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.


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