InterOil confirms continuity of the Antelope reefal reservoir and extends LNG agreements
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea and HOUSTON -- InterOil announced that the Antelope-3 well reached total depth on December 25 2012, and the wireline logging program is currently in progress. Preliminary independent analysis of the wireline log results by Schlumberger demonstrate a carbonate reservoir with similar reefal reservoir character and quality as the offset Antelope-1 and Antelope-2 wells. This is consistent with, and supplements, the excellent results of our initial drill stem test (DST#1).
Preliminary interpretation indicates that the Antelope-3 shares the same water contact with these wells at 7,310 ft below sea level. With the top of the reservoir encountered at 1,624 m measured depth in the well, equivalent to a true vertical depth of 5,009 ft below sea level, this equates to a hydrocarbon column height of approximately 2,301 ft. This represents the tallest vertical column encountered in the Antelope field to date. The forward program is to complete the remaining wireline logging test program before suspending the well for recompletion as a future producer.
Separately, InterOil announced that it has extend the dates in the contingent LNG project agreements with each of Mitsui and Energy World Co to provide flexibility for partner selection and Final Investment Decision (FID). The joint venture operating agreement and associated agreements with Mitsui for the proposed Condensate Stripping Plant (CSP) have also been amended to extend the time allowed for FID.
On November 15, 2012, InterOil was notified that the National Executive Council (NEC) of Papua New Guinea had approved a proposal to build a 3.8 mtpa LNG plant in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea. The approval received from the NEC is in line with the proposals from our potential LNG partners. Since then, InterOil has been working with the PNG Government to complete a modified LNG project agreement and to secure an internationally recognized operator of the proposed facilities, consistent with the NEC approval. InterOil expects that these actions will allow it to promptly complete the partnering process.