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Santos Ltd, as Operator on behalf of the Moomba Block Joint Venture Parties announces the discovery of a new gas field in the South Australian sector of the Cooper/Eromanga Basins.

The exploration well, Shiraz 1, flowed gas at 85,000 cubic metres per day (3.0 million cubic feet per day) from reservoir sands in the Early Permian Patchawarra Formation over the interval 2591 m – 2598 m. The test was conducted through a 13 mm (0.5) surface choke. The well was sited to test a stratigraphic play on the eastern flank of the Daralingie Shelf following up from the successful 1997 Dorodillo 1 gas discovery.

The Shiraz 1 well is located approximately 9 km southeast of the Dorodillo 1 gas discovery and approximately 20 km southwest of Moomba. The well is near existing facilities and will provide an early connection opportunity.

The well has reached a total depth of 2827 m. Additional prospective zones will be tested prior to the well being cased as a future gas producer.

The interest holders in the Moomba Block are:

  • Santos Group 59.75%
  • Delhi Petroleum Pty Ltd 20.21%
  • Boral Energy Resources Ltd 13.19%
  • Gulf Australia Resources Ltd 4.75%
  • Cultus Group 2.10%