Italy’s Eni is getting ready to prepare a field development plan for its deep-water Maha field offshore Indonesia after successfully drilling and appraising its Maha-2 well.
The Maha-2 well hit 43 metres of gas bearing net sands with excellent reservoir characteristics in levels of Pliocene age, Eni said in a statement.It was drilled to a depth of 2,970 meters, in waters 1,115 meters deep, in the West Ganal Block offshore Kalimantan.
The Maha field lies 16kms south-east of the Eni-operated Jangkrik floating production unit (FPU) and the Italian company foresees a subsea completion and tie-in of Maha to the FPU. Maha’s proximity to existing infrastructure will reduce time and cut costs of future subsea developments, said Eni.
“The production test, which was limited by surface facilities, recorded an excellent gas
deliverability of the reservoir flowing at 34 mmscfd,” said the Italian company.
“Through the test and the coring of the reservoir important data have been collected to perform all the studies required for the preparation of a field development plan for the Maha field, where two other appraisal wells are planned to be drilled,” added Eni.
Eni is the operator of West Ganal Block holding 40% Participating Interest while Neptune Energy and Indonesian national oil company Pertamina each hold a 30% stake.
Neptune Energy’s managing director in Indonesia, Eko Lumadyo, said “Maha is an exciting development for Neptune Energy, and this latest milestone brings us a step closer to bringing the discovery into production via existing infrastructure, supporting both Indonesia’s growing domestic energy demand and its burgeoning export market.”
“Indonesia is a strategically important part of Neptune’s production portfolio and our progress at Maha -2 follows commencement of production from Merakes earlier this year, and ahead of further planned activities in other discoveries and prospects. These projects are an example of the exciting growth opportunities that Indonesia offers, and we look forward to building upon our recent successes in the country through our partnership with Eni and Pertamina,” added Lumadyo.
The Eni-led Merakes deep-water development in the East Sepinggan block offshore Indonesia started gas production in the Kutei basin in April. It was also developed via the Jangkrik FPU.
Eni has been successful in the deep waters off East Kalimantan having developed the producing projects of Jangkrik and Merakes.
Eni has been operating in Indonesia since 2001 and currently has a large portfolio of assets in exploration, development, and production phases. Eni’s current equity production in Indonesia is about 80,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.