Eni said June 7 the Maha 2 appraisal well hit natural gas-bearing sands in the West Ganal Block offshore Indonesia.
Drilled to a depth of 2,970 m in 1,115 m water depth, the well encountered 43 m of gas-bearing net sands with excellent reservoir characteristics in levels of Pliocene Age, according to Eni, the operator.
“The production test, which was limited by surface facilities, recorded an excellent gas deliverability of the reservoir flowing at 34 MMscf/d,” the company said. “Through the test and the coring of the reservoir important data have been collected to perform all the studies required for the preparation of a field development plan for the Maha field, where two other appraisal wells are planned to be drilled.”
Eni, along with partners Neptune West Ganal B.V. and P.T. Pertamina Hulu West Ganal, foresee a subsea completion and a tie-in to the Jangkrik FPU for the development.
The deal would create the largest pure-play northern Midland Basin E&P with a 73,000-net-acre position and 12,000 boe/d of production that is expected to more than double through 2020.
The March 20 lease sale in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico brought in $244.3 million in high bids.
Repsol will still hold a 51% stake in the block after the deal.