02 July 2014, News Wires – London-listed Salamander Energy has begun to re-drill an exploration well on the South East Sangatta production sharing contract off East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
The North Kendang-2 well is a re-drill of the North Kendang-1 well which reached a total depth of 2535 metres before being plugged and abandoned last year after it encountered a high pressure wet gas kick in the Upper Miocene.
North Kendang-2 will be drilled to a total depth 2878 metres to evaluate the Upper Miocene section.
Salamander said the semi-submersible Ocean General had been fitted with managed pressure drilling equipment to enable it to manage the anticipated pressure regime at the North Kendang prospect.
It added that costs related to the North Kendang-1 well control incident and the drilling of the North Kendang-2 well, up to the same depth reached in the first well, would be covered by its insurance policies.