Santos Strikes Gas with East Mereenie - 43 Well

Magellan Petroleum Australia Limited reports that the East Mereenie-43 gas development well has flowed gas from the primary objective Pacoota Sandstone at the rate of 15.3 million cubic feet per day with a stable flowing pressure of 183 psi through a 2 1/16" choke.

A Flow Test over the interval 1,255m – 1,367m MD in the Pacoota Sandstone delivered the gas flow after the prospective section was drilled underbalanced (drilled with air), and underscores the continued potential of this reservoir to deliver gas at a substantial rate to meet existing gas contracts. The East Mereenie-43 well highlights the potential of the field for continued deliverability into the Darwin gas market.

The well is located in Australia's Northern Territory in permit OL5 in the Amadeus Basin.

The well has been completed and suspended as a future gas producer pending installation of surface and gas gathering facilities. The rig will now move to West Mereenie-18, a gas development well on the western limb of the 30 kilometer long Mereenie oil and gas field.

Participants in the East Mereenie-43 well are Santos as operator with 65% and Magellan Petroleum with 35%.