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Tuesday 17 September, 2019

Petro Matad Ltd

Red Deer-1 well results and operational update

RNS Number : 5102M
Petro Matad Limited
17 September 2019
 

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17 September 2019

Petro Matad Limited

('Petro Matad' or the 'Company')

Red Deer-1 exploration well results and operational update

Petro Matad Limited, the AIM quoted Mongolian oil explorer, announces the drilling and logging results of the Red Deer-1 exploration well located in the south of Block XX and an operational update for Heron-1 and Gazelle-1 in the north of Block XX, eastern Mongolia.

 

Red Deer-1 has been drilled with Daton Petroleum Engineering and Oilfield Service LLC's Rig DXZ1 to a total depth of 2000 metres. No hydrocarbon bearing zones were identified during drilling and this has been confirmed with wireline logs. The well will therefore be plugged and abandoned.

 

The Lower Tsagaantsav primary reservoir target was encountered at 1632 metres, 30 metres shallower than the pre-drill prognosis, and comprised a thick interval of good quality sandstones interbedded with claystones. Drilling gas values remained low throughout with no increase and no significant oil shows observed upon entering the reservoir target. Petrophysical analysis of the wireline log data has confirmed the absence of hydrocarbons. Analysis of drilling gas data suggests the presence of potential source rocks shallower in the drilled section, but the absence of significant oil shows indicates that these source rocks are not fully mature for hydrocarbon generation in the vicinity of the Red Deer prospect. 

 

Well abandonment operations are now beginning and upon completion the rig will move out and the well site will be restored to its pre-drill condition. The well was drilled on budget with total cost under $4 million.

 

In the northern part of Block XX, at Heron-1 the casing operation has been completed and the well has been temporarily suspended. Mobilisation of testing equipment will commence shortly and testing operations are forecast to begin in early October and to be completed during the month. DQE's Rig 40105 has been moved from Heron-1 to the Gazelle-1 well site where it is in process of being rigged up. Spud of Gazelle-1 is anticipated before the end of September.

 

Commencement of testing operations on Heron-1 and drilling operations at Gazelle-1 will be the subject of future announcements.

 

Mike Buck, the CEO of Petro Matad said:

"While the results of the Red Deer-1 well are disappointing, it was the first well to be drilled in any of the basins located in the south of Block XX and it therefore carried a lower chance of success than the wells in the north. The Company's activities are now focussed on drilling and testing operations in the north of Block XX and we look forward to updating the market further on the spudding of Gazelle-1 and the testing on Heron-1."

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Further information please contact:

 

Petro Matad Limited

 

Mike Buck, CEO

+976 7014 1099 / +976 7575 1099

 

 

Shore Capital (Nominated Adviser and Broker)

Richard Johnson

Andy Crossley

Toby Gibbs

+44 (0) 20 7408 4090

 

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited (Broker)

 

Callum Stewart

Nicholas Rhodes

Ashton Clanfield

+44 (0) 20 7710 7600

 

FTI Consulting (Communications Advisory Firm)

Sara Powell

Ben Brewerton

+44 (0) 20 3727 1000

 

About Petro Matad

Petro Matad is the parent company of a group focussed on oil exploration, as well as future development and production in Mongolia. At the current time, Petro Matad holds 100% working interest and the operatorship of three Production Sharing Contracts with the Government of Mongolia. Block XX has an area of 10,367 square kilometres in the far eastern part of the country, and Blocks IV and V have an area of 29,062 square kilometres and 21,143 square kilometres, respectively, in the central western part of the country.

Petro Matad Limited is incorporated in the Isle of Man under company number 1483V. Its registered office is at Victory House, Prospect Hill, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 1EQ.

 

 

 


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