Tethys Petroleum commences drilling on Kazhakhstan exploration well


Tethys Petroleum commences drilling on Kazhakhstan AKD08 "Doto" exploration well

BOZOI -- Tethys Petroleum, the E&P company focused on Central Asia and the Caspian Region, announces that it has commenced drilling of the AKD08 "Doto" exploration well in Kazakhstan.

The AKD08 "Doto" exploration well is located to the south west of the Company's producing Doris field and north of its Dione oil discovery in Kazakhstan. The well is designed to target several potential zones, including the Lower Cretaceous sandstone and Upper Jurassic carbonate sequences as proven in Doris, and also the deeper Triassic sequence which gave significant hydrocarbon shows in nearby wells, including the Company's AKD01 well (Doris oil discovery). Prospectivity may also exist in the Jurassic sandstone sequence which flowed oil in the Dione (AKD03) well.

The Doto prospect has 22 MMbbl gross mean unrisked recoverable prospective oil resources attributed to it in the Cretaceous and Upper Jurassic sequences. The deeper Triassic sequence has not yet been independently assessed, and as such the Company is currently unable to quote a reportable resource estimate for this horizon. However, the Company believes it to be an attractive prospect.

The Doto well is expected to take approximately 70 days to drill to a planned total depth of 3,500 m using Tethys' own ZJ70 "Telesto" rig.

The AKD09 "Dexa" exploration well is now expected to commence drilling in mid October due to a minor delay in mobilisation of equipment and integration of services with the Doto well.

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