The well was not drilled to the planned total depth of 4,225 meters due to poor hole conditions. It has been plugged and abandoned as programmed.
The company said that a technical assessment will continue to better understand the significance of the well results.
The rig will has been moved into the adjacent permit to drill the Barossa-1 exploration well in NT/P69, to be immediately followed by the Caldita-2 appraisal well in NT/P61.
Evans Shoal South is located in permit NT/P48, 278 kilometers northwest of Darwin and 17 kilometers south of the existing Evans Shoal gas resource, in water depths of approximately 100 meters.
The participants in NT/P48 are:
--Santos Offshore Pty Ltd Limited (operator), 40% --Shell Development (Australia) Pty. Ltd., 50% --Osaka Gas Australia Pty Ltd., 10%.
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