SAN DONATO MILANESE, Italy – Eni has completed drilling and testing of Merakes 2, the first appraisal well of its Merakes gas discovery in the East Sepinggan block of the Kutei basin offshore Indonesia.
Merakes is 35 km (21.7 mi) fromEni’s Jangkrik field, expected to start producing through an FPSO during 2Q.
The latest well, drilled to a depth of 2,732 m (8,963 ft) in 1,269 m (4,163 ft) water depth, encountered 17 m (56 ft) of clean sands with good petrophysical characteristics of Pliocene age, confirming an extension of the 2014 discovery.
Although the production test was limited by surface facilities, it recorded strong gas deliverability from the Merakes reservoir: all necessary data and information was compiled to perform studies for future commercial exploitation.
Eni assesses that Merakes contains in-place gas of 2 tcf, with additional potential to be evaluated.
It anticipates a tie-in to the Jangkrik FPSO via subsea facilities.