Salamander Updates on Drilling Activities in Thailand, Lao

Salamander Energy has provided an operational update on its activities in the Khorat Basin, onshore north east Thailand and Lao PDR. 

Phu Kheng-1 (L27/43 onshore Thailand, 27.2%)

Following an earlier frac-test on a zone between 2,048 and 2,058 metres true vertical depth sub-sea (mTVDSS), the L27/43 partners will conduct a second frac-testing program. This program will target two shallow intervals in the Phu Kradung sandstones. Both of these zones exhibited good gas shows during drilling and subsequent log analysis suggest better porosity and permeability characteristics than seen in the deeper zone.

A hydraulic workover unit has been secured and operations are expected to recommence in early March. 

Si That-3 (L13/48 onshore Thailand, 16.3%) 

APICO, the L13/48 operator, has suspended the Si That-3 well following the completion of a Production Logging Tool (PLT) survey. Despite gas flow to surface being measured during testing, no free gas flow was detected by the PLT tool from the reservoir above the water zone. The gas seen at surface during testing is believed to be coming out of solution, and would be dissolved under reservoir conditions.

Following the results of the PLT survey, the operator will now conduct a review of the remaining prospectivity of the L13/48 license. 

Bang Nouan-1 (Savannakhet PSC Lao PDR, 30% and Operator)

The preparations of the Bang Nouan-1 well site have now been completed and the majority of trucks transporting the Century 26 rig have arrived on site. The rig is now being constructed and the well is expected to spud in the coming days.