Aabar Makes Discovers Oil at Mengoepeh South-1

Aabar Petroleum Investments Company has completed drilling and testing operations on the Mengoepeh South-1 exploration well in the Tungkal Production Sharing Contract onshore Sumatra, Indonesia.

Mengoepeh South-1 was drilled to a total measured depth of 1,502 meters and encountered 70 meters of net oil pay over a gross pay interval of 188 meters true vertical depth. Four drill stem tests were conducted on the well and flowed at a combined rate of 2,065 barrels of oil per day.

The Mengoepeh South-1 well is located 2.5 km from the existing Mengoepeh oil field, which commenced production in December 2004. The well has been completed as a production well with the ability to flow from two zones. Production will be processed at the nearby Mengoepeh production facilities.

"This successful exploration well confirms the structural integrity of a new accumulation south of the Mengoepeh field and gives us the confidence to expand our development activities in the Tungkal PSC following receipt of regulatory approvals," said Chris Gibson-Robinson, Aabar's Vice President Operations & New Business Development (Southeast Asia).

The Tungkal PSC covers an area of 2,288 sq. km. Aabar, through its wholly owned subsidiary, PEARLOIL (Tungkal) Limited, is operator of the Tungkal PSC and holds 70% participating interest. The remaining 30% participating interest is held by Fuel-X Tungkal Limited.