Australia-based Oil Search has discovered natural gas while drilling at the Kidukidu 1 offshore well, in Papua New Guinea.

The gas shows were encountered within two sand intervals, with a gross thickness of 51m and 20m (respectively), which will be evaluated further with the logging programme.

The company, which has 100% interest in the project, was formed more than 80 years ago in Papua New Guinea.

Kidukidu 1 well has a total depth of 2,697m and preparations are currently undergoing to pull out of the hole and run wireline logs.

The Kidukidu prospect is located 268km west-north-west of Port Moresby and it is in a water depth of 98m.

Oil Search said Kidukidu 1 is the third and final well to be drilled in the area as part of its current offshore Gulf of Papua campaign.

The company commenced drilling the prospect on the well on the 3 August 2013 with the semi-submersible rig, Stena Clyde.

The well is located in PPL 385 offshore of Papua New Guinea.

Image: Kidukidu 1 well in Papua New Guinea: Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.