LogIn LogOut

Timor Resource to Drill 5 Wells in Timor-Leste

September 18, 2019

Australian privately-owned oil and gas company Timor Resources said it has commissioned Eastern Drilling to commence drilling operations in the Southeast Asian country of Timor-Leste.

One of the world’s last frontiers for oil and gas, Timor-Leste's most recent drilling undertaken onshore was nearly 50 years ago in 1972, when Timor-Leste (then East Timor) was under Indonesian rule.

In 2017, Timor Resources made history by securing the rights to explore and develop approximately 2,000 km2 of under-explored onshore acreage on Timor-Leste’s south coast. Timor Resources is in a joint venture with TIMORGAP, the national oil company. The JV holds two Production Sharing Contracts (PSC) which offer attractive fiscal terms and are structured to maximize early cash flows.

Eastern Drilling was appointed after a competitive tender process earlier this year and will be moving a rig to Timor-Leste to commence onshore drilling.

The first well, Karau, at depth 1,080 meters, targets the Viqueque formation.

Timor Resources General Manager Jan Hulse expects approximately 430 meters of gross reservoir interval, which is known to be oil bearing in the near surface from evidence of the oil seeps at surface.

“This play type is proven in the Bula field on the Isle of Seram where 20MMbbls of oil have been recovered,” explained Hulse.

“The Timor Resources drilling campaign targets four different play types, maximizing the chance of commercial discovery,” added Hulse. “Our deepest well in this campaign is 2,740 meters and targets the Triassic Jurassic Formation.”

Eastern Drilling is a global oilfield service provider that will also provide integrated project management services to Timor Resources.

Eastern Drilling is headed up Roger Boyko, who said that the company expects a largely complication-free drilling campaign. “This will be the only onshore rig in Timor-Leste which means we make sure the equipment is right and we have a plan for any and all eventualities.”

“The rig we are bringing is an 1100 HP Loadcraft and is currently being commissioned in the USA before making the journey to Timor to spud the first well in January 2020,” explained Mr. Boyko “Our drilling campaign will adopt international best practices and there is some excitement in the local community as this will create much-needed additional employment and skills-transfer.”

Categories: Drilling Asia


Current News

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier Picks Jack-Up for 1600t Huisman Crane

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier Picks Jack-Up for 1600t Huisman Crane

Japan Identifies 10 Areas for Offshore Wind Projects

Japan Identifies 10 Areas for Offshore Wind Projects

Jadestone, Inpex in Arbitration over Offshore Block in Vietnam

Jadestone, Inpex in Arbitration over Offshore Block in Vietnam

Global Offshore Rig Count in June Falls to 208. Africa Suffers the Biggest Loss

Global Offshore Rig Count in June Falls to 208. Africa Suffers the Biggest Loss

Japan's LNG Investments Drive Faces Risk of Souring

Japan's LNG Investments Drive Faces Risk of Souring

Spring Oil Flood Causes Summer Queues in Chinese Ports

Spring Oil Flood Causes Summer Queues in Chinese Ports

MAN Compressors for Yinson's Brazil-bound FPSO

MAN Compressors for Yinson's Brazil-bound FPSO

Subscribe for AOG Digital E‑News

AOG Digital E-News is the subsea industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email three times per week

https://accounts.newwavemedia.com