PARIS -- Total E&P Borneo has discovered gas and condensate discovery in block B offshore Brunei.
Well ML-5, drilled in 65 m (213 ft) of water, around 50 km (31 mi) offshore, is 8 km (5 mi) south of the Maharaja Lela/Jamalulalam field in a new, deep fault panel. It encountered gas with condensate in high-pressure/high-temperature formations.
Total says the vertical depth of 5,664 m (18,582 ft) constitutes the deepest for any well in Brunei. It flowed 10 MMcf/d of gas and 220 b/d of condensate during a test from a limited zone at a depth of 5,350 m (17,552 ft).
This also is the deepest successful test anywhere in Southeast Asia, the company adds. The gross thickness of the hydrocarbon-bearing formation was over 800 m (2,624 ft).
ML-5 is the third positive exploratiojn well on the block since the campaign started in 2007, targeting the deep, HP/HT horizons of the Maharaja Lela structure.
Total and its partners are studying how to develop the new resources, including production through the existing facilities.