Total Hits Two Offshore Indonesia

Total discovers two new natural gas wells in the southern section of Indonesia's Mahakam Block. Drilled in 60 meters of water, both wells are located about 45 kilometers from Balikpapan – and just a couple of kilometers from the Stupa field.

Drilling was completed by PT Apexindo Pratama Duta Tbk, a company that is currently supplying Total five drilling rigs in Indonesia. The first well, East Mandu-1, encountered 164 meters of good-quality natural gas; while the second well, West Stupa-1, hit 72 meters of pay.

Both wells are expected to be included in the development of the Stupa field, which is currently in the approval process. Production is planned for 2012.

With a presence in Indonesia for nearly 40 years, Total is the leading gas producer for the nation. With a steady production rate anticipated for the next couple of years, the Mahakam Block produced almost 2.6 bcf/d in the first half of this year.

Total is the operator of this project with 50 percent interest in the Mahakam Block. INPEX also holds 50 percent interest.