Bongkot partners make three gas finds off Thailand

Eric Watkins
Senior Correspondent

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30 -- Total SA reported three gas discoveries at exploration wells Ton Chan-1X, Ton Chan-2X, and Ton Rang-2X drilled on Blocks 15 and 16 in the Gulf of Thailand.

The two Ton Chan area wells are on Block 16 in the Bongkot concession, 5 km from each other and 15 km southeast of the Bongkot Central Complex (BCC).

Ton Chan-1X found gas-bearing reservoirs with a total of 143 m net pay thickness, while Ton Chan-2X found gas with a total of 44 m net pay thickness.

Ton Rang-2X is on Block 15 of the Bongkot concession, 5 km south of the Ton Rang-1X discovery and 20 km northwest of the BCC. Ton Rang-2X found gas-bearing sand of 72 m.

Total said a development plan for the three discoveries is under study and that production could start in 2009.

Bongkot produces 600 MMcfd of gas and 18,000 b/d of condensate. Member companies of the Bongkot joint venture are Total 33.33%, Thailand's PTT Exploration & Production (operator) 44.45%, and BG Group 22.22%.

Contact Eric Watkins at hippalus@yahoo.com.

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