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Indago Petroleum Provides Drilling Update in Oman

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 4/28/2008, Location: Middle East

Indago Petroleum Limited announced a drilling update for the Al Jariya-1 well, located on the Jebel Hafit prospect in Block 31, adjacent to the border with Abu Dhabi. Work has continued on the attempt to remediate the well and prepare it for a possible sidetrack. A cement plug was set across the open-hole section below 4591m as planned. The operation proceeded using free-point logs which identified 2668m as the point below which the drillstring was stuck. Subsequent recovery of drill pipe could only be achieved from above this depth. This situation precludes any sidetrack operation from below this 2668m level and a sidetrack from above this level is considered to be neither safe nor technically feasible. Consequently, there is no alternative other than to plug and abandon the Al Jariya well. This operation has been approved by the Oman Ministry of Oil and Gas and should be completed during the next few days.

Following consultation between the joint venture partners and the Ministry, and in accordance with the previously announced plans, the intention is to now move the Nabors 103 rig to the Zad location on the Adam prospect, on the adjacent Block 47, and to drill that well starting in late May 2008. Whilst that well is drilling, the joint venture will progress its insurance claim for the loss of the Al Jariya well and fully evaluate the practicality and cost effectiveness of re-drilling the Jebel Hafit prospect. It is likely that the order time required for long lead items will preclude the possibility of drilling a new Jebel Hafit well immediately following the Zad well and, therefore, such a re-drill would probably not commence before 2009.

Technical work indicates that the prospectivity of the Jebel Hafit structure remains substantially undiminished, most certainly at the deeper Shuaiba (Thamama) level which is estimated to hold the majority of the prospective resources.

Indago holds an approximate 50% interest in Oman Blocks 31 and 47. The Operator, RAK Petroleum PCL, holds the balance of the interest in each case.

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