Total finds gas on Mahakam block off Indonesia

Total SA has made two natural gas discoveries in the southern part of Mahakam block, 45 km off Balikpapan, Indonesia.

Eric Watkins
Senior Correspondent

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10 -- Total SA has made two natural gas discoveries in the southern part of Mahakam block, 45 km off Balikpapan, Indonesia.

Total said both well—East Mandu-1 and West Stupa-1—were drilled in 60 m of water. EM-1 found 164 m of good quality, gas-bearing reservoirs, while WS-1 found 72 m of reservoirs.

Total said the discoveries lie a few kilometers from, and will be developed in connection with Stupa field. A development plan for Stupa field was submitted to Indonesian authorities in July.

Work on Mahakam block was carried out with Indonesian firm PT Apexindo Pratama Duta Tbk., which has five drilling rigs operating for Total in Indonesia.

Total, operator of Mahakam block, holds equal interest with Inpex.

Contact Eric Watkins at hippalus@yahoo.com.

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