Elixir Energy is ramping up works at its fully owned Nomgon IX coal-bed methane production sharing contract in Mongolia. The company has engaged its Mongolian drilling contractor Erdenedrilling to put a second drill rig to work on the Hutul 1S strat-hole which is due to spud tomorrow.
The hole is stepping-out from the Nomgon sub-basin, and the company said it could potentially identify either a new sub-basin or an extension to the Nomgon sub-basin. Advanced planning is underway for more stat holes to be drilled in the coming months.
Meanwhile, the Nomgon 5S strat-hole encountered several issues and will be re-drilled immediately to the north of its original location. Elixir maintains this will be at little cost to the company, as the drilling contract is on a per metre basis.
Elixir has also received final gas content results for the Nomgon-2 core-hole, showing dry ash free numbers in the main seam averaging 8.6 metres cubed per tonne. These results are similar to those reported in June for the Nomgon-1 well which measured 8.9 metres cubed per tonne.
Further analysis is being carried out on the Nombon-2 core and results from gas adsorption analysis are due next month. Managing Director Neil Young said the company is pleased with how its 2020 program at Nomgon IX CBM PSC is progressing.
“Our 2020 programme in Mongolia is continuing successfully and we are pleased to have agreed with ED to put another rig to work exploring in a new part of the PSC area. Our appraisal programme in the Nomgon sub-basin continues to deliver excellent results and we look forward to further information from the somewhat delayed Nomgon 5S strat-hole that is still underway,”Neil stated. “Our seismic work is proving productive in continuing to add new drilling targets that (in the success case) will add to our inventory of CSG bearing sub-basins across the PSC,” he added.
Finally, the interpretation of 2D seismic data from the 2019 programme and a recently acquired data set is growing the company’s confidence in multiple new drilling targets.