E. INDONESIAN GAS-2 - Potential giant gas reserves await development in Irian Jaya

This is the second of two parts on undeveloped gas reserves in the Waropen basin of northern Irian Jaya on the island of New Guinea. The reserves described here are proven by gas discoveries made in 1958 and 1973, both of which were abandoned for lack of oil indications.Background information on the tectonics and stratigraphy of the Waropen basin, plus discussion of the earlier, onshore discovery well (the Niengo-1), were presented in the first article (OGJ, June 18, 2001, p. 34). Here we provide information on the second discovery area, centered on the offshore R-1 well, which also found gas in turbiditic sands of the Mamberamo D unit (Plio-Pleistocene).Drilling history Click here to en...

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