Premierآ’s testing of Lakkhi-1 delayed by one week

Vol 9, PW 10 (25 Aug 05) News in Brief

Premier Oil of the UK has begun testing its Lakkhi-1 well at AAP-ON-94/1 in Assam after a weeks delay blamed on routine technical problems with testing equipment.

Industry sources confirm that Premier began the first of two drill stem tests at the drill site on (Wednesday) 24th August. We understand Premier is planning to test two separate intervals towards the 4000-metre depth mark.

It took a bit longer than expected to begin testing, reveals a source. When youre running equipment down a hole thats 4-km long these problems are inevitable.

Sometimes it doesnt work at first and you have to pull it all up and start again. On 21st July Premier reached target depth of 4345 metres at Lakkhi-1 - its first exploration well in India.

Traces of oil and gas have been reported but full results wont be known until tests are completed. Phase-1 of Premiers work programme ends in November and commits Premier to one exploration well.