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MERANJI EAST 1

 

Santos Ltd, as Operator on behalf of the PPL 35 Joint Venture Parties, announces a successful extension to the Meranji Gas Field in the South Australian section of the Cooper/Eromanga Basins.

 

The gas appraisal well, Meranji East 1, intersected approximately 15 metres of gas pay in the mid Patchawarra Formation and was cased and suspended as a future gas producer after reaching a total depth of 3018m. The well is expected to come on line at between 56,000 and 115,000 cubic metres per day (2 and 4 million cubic feet per day).

 

The well, which is located 1.5 km east of the main Meranji Gas Field and approximately 32 km north northwest of the Moomba Gas Plant, is expected to come into production during the first quarter of 2000.

 

Two development wells are now under consideration for this area.

 

This well is the second appraisal well drilled inside PPLs since the expiry of PELs 5&6 and follows the successful Pondrinie North 1 discovery as reported in July 1999. Both wells can be directly attributable to the use of three-dimensional (3D) seismic technology, which facilitates improved identification of sub-surface features.

 

The interest holders in PPL 35 are:

 

Santos Group 59.75%

Delhi Petroleum Pty Ltd 20.21%

Boral Energy Resources Ltd 13.19%

Novus Australia Resources Ltd 4.75%

Cultus Group 2.10%