Sunda Gas to drill wells of Chuditch field in near future

Sunda Gas to drill wells of Chuditch field in near future

Managing Director of Sunda Gas, Andy Butler (Photo Tatoli/Francisco Sony)

DILI, 14 september 2022 (TATOLI) – SundaGas Banda Unipessoal Lda (Sunda Gas) said it will conclude the geoscience evaluation of Chuditch’s wells in the near future to proceed to the drilling phase.

“The process of evaluation is nearing completion and will hopefully lead to the drilling of more wells on Chuditch in the near future to enable the field to move towards development and gas production,” the Managing Director of Sunda Gas, Andy Butler said in a statement released on Wednesday.

He said the focus of Sunda Gas’ activities since signing the PSC in late 2019 has been to conduct a very extensive evaluation of the Chuditch gas field, deploying the latest geophysical technologies to improve the subsurface understanding and imaging of the field: The area we are evaluating contains a very interesting gas field called Chuditch, discovered in 1998 by Shell, but never developed.”

The Chuditch discovery well lies about 130km east of Bayu-Undan and 100km south of Sunrise, in about 65m of water and 2,900m depth below sea level.

“We are partners with TIMOR GAP in this venture and work in close liaison with ANPM,” he said.

SundaGas Banda Unipessoal Lda (Sunda Gas) is an affiliate of Baron Oil Plc, a company listed on the London Stock Exchange.

SundaGas is the operator of a Petroleum Sharing Contract (PSC) offshore Timor-Leste, known as PSC TL-SO-19-16.

SundaGas has an established office in Dili and recruited an excellent team of Timor-Leste personnel.

“As part of our business in Timor-Leste, we are keen to do what we can to reinforce the level of geoscience skills and expertise in the country. To that end we are conducting extensive training in all areas of petroleum geoscience and engineering, not just for our staff but also bringing opportunities to enhance the expertise and capabilities for our partner TIMOR GAP and colleagues at ANPM and IPG,” he said.

Sunda Gas is also enthusiastic to foster close links with key institutions that are carrying out geosciences activities here in Dili.

In november 2019, the government of Timor Leste signed a production sharing contract with Sunda Gas and TIMOR Gap – the national oil company of Timor-Leste – to carry out the exploration work program for a seven-year exploration period in the 3571.49 square kilometers block.



Journalist: Filomeno Martins

Editor: Nelia Borges 


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