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InterOil begins flow testing at Elk-Antelope

LNG Industry,

InterOil Corp. has commenced flow testing at the Elk-Antelope gas field in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

PNG Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, visited the Antelope-5 well site in the Gulf Province to see the operation and to be briefed on the Elk-Antelope LNG project. The project is a joint venture between InterOil, Total and Oil Search.

The Antelope-5 flow rate is constrained by reservoir engineers to a maximum test rate of approximately 70 million ft3/d.

InterOil CEO, Michael Hession, explained that pressure gauges are to be placed in the field to monitor the pressure response during an extended test of Antelope-5.

Hession said: "Antelope-5 has the best reservoir thickness, quality and fracture density of all wells on the field, which signifies a world-class reservoir. By flowing the well under different conditions, we will be able to calculate maximum potential flow rates and better understand reservoir size, productivity and connectivity."

Data from the testing will help the joint venture to optimise design of the LNG plant and associated infrastructure. The joint venture is currently finalising plans for field testing, including drilling another well, Antelope-6.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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