Block Energy Commenced Drilling at JKT-01Z

Source: 12/16/2021, Location: Asia

Block Energy plc, the development and production company focused on Georgia, is pleased to announce that drilling commenced yesterday at JKT-01Z, the second well in Block's current two-well drilling programme.

JKT-01Z is targeting c.8 MMbbls of oil-in-place. It is located near the vertical well KRT-39, which has produced c.450 Mbbls of oil over the last 20 years. Both wells are in Block XIB, which the Company acquired from Schlumberger in November 2020.

The drilling of JKT-01Z has been optimized by the recalibration of Block's 3D-seismic data with data gathered from recent wells, the use of horizontal drilling technology and geomechanics, and the ability to optimize the well trajectory in real time whilst drilling.

The trajectory and horizontal nature of the well design will maximize the chance of intersecting fracture attributes identified in the same reservoir interval in KRT-39, the producing interval near the fractured volcanic tuff at the top of the Middle Eocene.

Well JKT-01Z is a sidetrack from a vertical well originally drilled in 2011 by a previous operator. It is therefore not expected to suffer the well integrity issues experienced by Block previously when sidetracking from Soviet era wells. This approach maximises the potential return of value to shareholders, by greatly reducing the drilling cost and time, while minimizing execution risk.

Block Energy plc's Chief Executive Officer, Paul Haywood, said:
"The drilling of JKT-01Z combines the lessons from previous drilling operations with attribute data derived from the high-quality 3D-seismic survey acquired in 2019. The close proximity to an existing commercial well reduces the risk and adds to our confidence. JKT-01Z is targeting a substantial pool of oil and gas of around eight million barrels in-place. Owing to the recent installation of the gas infrastructure at neighbouring KRT-39, production from this well would be quickly monetized and make a material addition to the Company's near and longer-term future."

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