Kulczyk Oil Ventures Inc., an international upstream oil and gas exploration and production company, is pleased to announce that its indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, AED South East Asia Limited (“AED SEA”), has signed a binding letter of intent with PT Energi Tata Persada (“PT Energi”), a drilling company based in Jakarta, Indonesia, for the ETP-03 drilling rig.
The rig, currently stacked in Sulawesi, Indonesia, is expected to spud the first exploration well of the two well 2013 drilling program on Block L late in March 2013. The ETP-03, a 2,000 horsepower drilling rig with top drive, is expected to commence mobilization to Brunei in early February. All other material contracts to enable the drilling of the two well drilling program have been awarded. The award of the contract for provision of drilling services to PT Energi has been approved by Brunei National Petroleum Company Sendirian Berhad (“PetroleumBRUNEI”).
The first two exploration wells drilled by AED SEA, Kulczyk Oil Brunei and their joint venture partner under the Phase 1 work obligation of the Block L PSA were drilled in 2010. The wells both encountered hydrocarbons with the Lempuyang-1 well flowing gas to surface before being suspended due to downhole operational problems associated with high pressure. Wireline logs of the Lukut-1 well indicated potential gas zones which have not been tested.
In June 2012, KOV announced the completion of field operations for its acquisition of 192 km2 of 3D seismic acquired in two areas. The first area is updip from and east of the Lukut-1 well in an area that is now collectively called the Triple Junction structure and the second is northeast of the Lukut-1 well in an area overlying the Jerudong Anticline which contains the legacy Jerudong Oil Field. Seismic interpretation of the data is at an advanced stage and the two locations to be drilled by ETP-03 have been identified.
The first exploration well to be drilled in the 2013 drilling program will be a 2,900 metre well to evaluate the Lukut Updip Prospect, from a location approximately 4 kilometres updip from and to the east of the Lukut-1 well. The Lukut Updip Prospect is a geologically constrained 2-way fault bounded structural closure.
RPS Energy Consultants Ltd. (“RPS”), an independent third-party engineering firm, in a report dated 12 November and effective as of 31 July 2012 (the “RPS Report”), estimated un-risked gross Prospective Resources of 127 million barrels of oil equivalent (“MMboe”) (High Estimate), 30 MMboe (Best Estimate) and approximately 6 MMboe (Low Estimate) for the Lukut Updip Prospect.
Upon completion of the Lukut Updip well, it is expected that the ETP-03 drilling rig will move 12 kilometres southwest to drill an exploration well on the Luba Prospect. The Luba exploration well is expected to be directionally drilled to a measured depth of approximately 3,500 metres to evaluate the potential of fault trap in the greater Triple Junction area with a potential closure of approximately 15 km2 (1.5 kilometres by 10 kilometres). The main target of the well is a potential seismic direct hydrocarbon indicator (“DHI”) or “flat spot” at a depth of approximately 2,550 metres.
RPS also evaluated the Luba Prospect in the RPS Report and estimated that it may contain gross un-risked Prospective Resources of approximately 86 MMboe (High Estimate), 36 MMboe (Best Estimate) and 12 MMboe (Low Estimate).
KOV, through two indirect subsidiaries, owns a 90% working interest in the Block L Production Sharing Agreement (“Block L PSA”) which gives the Company the right to explore for and produce oil and natural gas from Block L, a 1,123 square kilometre area covering certain onshore and offshore areas in northern Brunei. AED SEA has a 50% working interest in, and is the operator of, the Block L PSA. Another indirect wholly-owned subsidiary, Kulczyk Oil Brunei Limited (“Kulczyk Oil Brunei”), has a 40% working interest in the Block L PSA.
Exploration wells are risky and there is no certainty that any portion of the Prospective Resources will be discovered and, if discovered, there is no certainty that it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the Prospective Resources.