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Oil Search, Exxon in new PNG gas find

By  Tuesday, 13 June 2017 22:52
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Oil Search confirmed positive production well test results from the Muruk 1ST3 exploration well in the Papua New Guinea highlands, southwest of the Muruk 1 gas discovery.

The production test was undertaken to assess reservoir productivity and recover hydrocarbon samples over the gas saturated Toro Sandstone interval, between 3968-4065m.

Whilst the test was constrained by tubing limitations and downhole issues, the results confirmed a good quality reservoir with a high deliverability consistent with the Toro reservoirs in the central fold belt.

The well flowed gas and condensate at a rate of 16 MMscf/d of gas on a 32/64in choke. Multiple hydrocarbon samples have been collected for further analysis.

“The Muruk drilling program has successfully discovered a potentially significant new gas field, 21km northwest of the Hides facilities and immediately north of the Juha gas field and further de-risks the gas prospectivity along the Hides to P’nyang trend,” Oil Search said in a statement.

Going forward, the data from the Muruk well and three sidetracks will be evaluated to assess the potential gas resource. Follow-up well site preparations are being scheduled for late 2017 ahead of a potential appraisal program in 2018.

Located in petroleum prospecting license (PPL) 402, the Muruk program is a joint venture between Oil Search (37.5%, operator), ExxonMobil (42.5%), and Santos (20%),

Santos acquired 20% interest in the highly prospective gas-rich acreage last December.

Image: Oil Search engineer in PNG / Oil Search

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