Elixir Energy Ltd., Adelaide, has reached pilot production of 100,000 cu f/d of gas and stable and low water rates of 180 b/d from its coal seam gas pilot project in the Nomgon IX production sharing contract in the South Gobi basin of Mongolia.
The two-well pilot program (Nomgon-8 and Nomgon-9) began in November 2022 and has been in operation for 83 days.
Nomgon-9 began producing gas from the first day of pumping with flow rates increasing steadily over the period, Elixir said. It has now reached 80,000 cu ft/d. The produced water has remained steady at 160 b/d.
Nomgon-8 experienced initial technical difficulties, necessitating a workover to flush and clean the production interval. Production has reached 20,000 cu ft/d of gas and water flow of 20 b/d. Elixir believes the flow rates will steadily increase.
The company has started interpretation of the ongoing Nomgon-9 production history and hopes to assess project commerciality in the coming months.
Elixir’s exploration and appraisal program for 2023 at Nomgon is expected to begin in this year’s second quarter. It will comprise drilling a minimum of nine wells (four appraisals, five exploration).