Asia-focused oil and gas explorer Salamander Energy has started drilling at the North Kendang-2 exploration well in the South-East Sangatta production sharing contract (PSC), offshore East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
The North Kendang-2 well is a re-drill of the North Kendang-1 well, which reached a total depth of 2,535m before being plugged and abandoned in 2013 after it encountered a high-pressure wet gas kick in the Upper Miocene.
The North Kendang-2 will be drilled to a total depth 2,878m to identify the Upper Miocene section.
Salamander Energy said the semi-submersible Ocean General has been fitted with managed pressure drilling equipment to allow it to manage the expected pressure regime at the North Kendang prospect.
The company has a 75% operated interest in the South-East Sangatta PSC.
Salamander Energy focuses on growth assets in three core areas, Greater Bualuang, Gulf of Thailand; North Kutei, Indonesia; and Greater Kerendan, Indonesia.
In June 2014, Salamander agreed to sell its 40% working interest in the Bualuang Field, offshore Thailand, along with other concessions, to Malaysia-based Sona Petroleum for $280m.
The company’s current estimated gross Bualuang Field proven and probable reserves are 32.7 million barrels of oil, along with gross 2C resources of 32.2 million barrels.
Image: The North Kendang-2 will be drilled to a total depth of 2,878m to identify the Upper Miocene section. Photo: courtesy of njaj / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.