Pan Orient (TSX VENTURE:POE) is pleased to announce that the L53-DST3 appraisal well is currently on a 90 day production test flowing 38 API degree oil at a rate of 1,200 barrels per day through 8.8 meters of perforations between 1,142.7 meters to 1,163.2 meters true vertical depth (“TVD”), within an interpreted gross hydrocarbon bearing interval extending from 1,119 meters to 1,187 meters TVD with approximately 20 meters TVT of net oil pay. It is important to note that the entire hydrocarbon interval from 1,142.7 meters to 1,163.2 meters in L53-DST3 was not encountered in the original L53-D2 discovery well as it was not drilled deep enough. The interval currently on test is the best reservoir quality sand that has been observed in Concession L53 at these depths with porosities over the perforated intervals estimated at between 27% – 30%, suggesting that deeper potential remains and will be evaluated during the upcoming development program. An estimated additional 50 meters of net oil pay was encountered between 605 meters and 935 meters TVD, in line with the offsetting L53-D2 discovery well over the same stratigraphic interval. The main upper oil pay sandstones came in 40 meters structurally higher at L53-DST3 compared to L53-D2.
The fluid level is near surface at 27 meters and the water cut is negligible at approximately two percent with the high salinity suggesting initial load fluid is still cleaning up. This test result marks the second consecutive highest oil flow rate ever achieved by POE from a conventional sandstone reservoir in Thailand.
Upon the completion of the L53-DST3 well the E-02 drilling rig was released and activities are now focused on the completion and submission of the L53-D EAST production license application and additional environmental applications for drilling sites as soon as possible.
Drilling results from the first two wells within the L53-D East structural closure have resulted in oil flow rates, reservoir quality and net oil pay thickness in excess of internal pre drill estimates. Current drilling has evaluated one of three fault compartments that make up the five to six square kilometer (in maximum areal extent) L53-D East structural closure. Future development and appraisal drilling is estimated to start in late May 2012, immediately upon the granting of a production license and all the required environmental drilling approvals. Additional drilling will be required in order to fully define the size and extent of this potentially significant oil accumulation.
L53-G Exploration well
The L53-G exploration well, located approximately 2.7 kilometers southeast and on trend with the L53-A oil field, but within a distinctly separate structural closure, was drilled to a depth of 1,411 meters TVD. A nine meter zone of interest that was identified at approximately 876 meters TVD was tested at a sub commercial rate of approximately 10 barrels of highly viscous oil per day. Two other zones were tested resulting in only formation water.
Pan Orient is a Calgary, Alberta based oil and gas exploration and production company with operations currently located onshore Thailand, Indonesia and in Western Canada.
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