Lion Energy Limited reports that the Indonesian Amanah Timur discovery well (AMT-1) has been plugged and abandoned following unsuccessful attempts to free a stuck drill pipe.

As a result of the stuck pipe, it has not been possible to drill to the planned total depth of the well to assess two deep objectives. Lion is now working with Renco Elang Energy (REE), the operator, on plans to appraise the discovery.

As previously reported, high gas and some oil shows were encountered in AMT- 1 with up to four gas zones and some potential oil zones interpreted from fluorescence shows and gas analysis. While analysis is ongoing, the well represents a potential new field discovery and the Joint Venture will work with the Indonesian Regulator to explore commercialization options and accelerate appraisal, Lion said.

“Whilst Lion is clearly disappointed that we were unable to evaluate and test all objective intervals in AMT-1, further appraisal and testing is planned,” Lion CEO, Kim Morrison, said.

“The decision to plug and abandon the well was a prudent one as it became apparent we would be unable to free the stuck pipe and it was important to ensure interpreted hydrocarbon zones were isolated,” Morrison added.

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