Amerada Hess Makes Gas Discovery in Indonesia

Amerada Hess has made its second discovery on its Tanjung Aru PSC in the Makassar Strait with the Papandayan 1 well. The well is located approximately 1,820 feet of water and approximately 9 miles west of its first discovery, Halimun 1.

The well was drilled to a total depth of 8,080 feet and abandoned on July 30, 2002 as an untested gas discovery. Both wells had Late Miocene and Pliocene sandstones as a primary objective. In each case the Upper Miocene primary objective was interpreted as a basin floor fan that was instead found to be mud rich. However, the Lower Pliocene secondary objective, interpreted as canyon fill, contained multiple gas bearing sands in both wells. Both wells were drilled in a location optimal to the Miocene fan, the significance of the Pliocene reservoir therefore is now under evaluation.

This latest well lies in the northern part of the block and is located in little-explored waters at the southeastern margin of the Mahakam Delta.