Oil discovered at Salamander Energy's North Kutei Basin



LONDON (ShareCast) - Oil and gas exploration and production company Salamander Energy (LSE: SMDR.L - news) has discovered oil at the first well in its multi-well programme in the North Kutei Basin.

The well, known technically as the South Kecapi-1 DIR/ST (BSE: STCORP.BO - news) exploration well, discovered a combined 40 metres of net oil and gas pay in high quality stacked Pliocene channel sandstones, the group reported.

The group further reported that a drill stem test had been conducted within one of the well's primary targets- a kind of sandstone- which flowed light oil at a rate of approximately 6,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd).

It reported that the well is being plugged and abandoned as an oil and gas discovery.

James Menzies, Chief Executive of Salamander, commented:"Our first well in the basin, the Angklung discovery, opened the play, while SK-1 (South Kecapi-1 DIR/ST), our second well, has validated the geological model, discovered hydrocarbon-bearing, high-quality channel sandstone sequences and delivered an excellent DST result, flowing 6,000 bopd on test.

"We are very encouraged by these results and are now moving on to drill one of the largest structures in the basin at the North Kendang location before bringing the rig back to drill the Bedug high, up-dip of the South Kecapi oil discovery."

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