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Elixir Energy’s first pilot well due August, the icing on a busy Mongolian summer

Wed 22 Jun 22, 11:40am (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Elixir Energy will spud its first pilot production well in August
  • Appraisal of a newly discovered coal body currently underway
  • Elixir is progressing its Venetian-1S exploration well and Yangir-4 appraisal well

As the Mongolian summer hits its midway point, Elixir Energy (ASX:EXR) has revealed its busy work schedule heading into the second half of 2022.

The company plans to develop its first pilot production well at the Nomgon IX natural gas project in August. 

Civil infrastructure works are to commence shortly ahead of the August spud date. For the uninitiated, ‘spudding’ refers to the first drill strike in the creation of a new well.

By the end of August, Elixir expects contractor Major Drilling to begin working on two production wells to underpin the pilot production facility. 

A map locating drillhole locations within the Nomgon IX project acreage in the southern Gobi of Mongolia
A map locating drillhole locations within the Nomgon IX project acreage in the southern Gobi of Mongolia

Bulag Suuj appraisal well underway 

Earlier this year, Elixir concluded drilling its Bulag-Suuj-1S exploration well, which successfully logged a 21 metre thick coal body. 

The company’s geos believe this substantiates evidence of a new coal bed methane (CBM) sub basin within the boundaries of the project acreage. 

An appraisal well to further test this theory, the Bulag-Suuj-2S, is now being drilled and tested at a location some 4km from Bulag-Suuj-1S.

All in all, three drill rigs are active at Nomgon right now, with a fourth to join them in August. 

That will grow to five, as part of a water drilling exercise underneath a hydrogen MOU executed with Japan’s SoftBank Energy earlier this week. 

Two new wells added to the family 

Of those three drill rigs currently active, Top Diamond Drilling LLC’s rig is currently drilling away at the site of the Venetian-1S exploration well, testing for more coal bodies on-site. 

Meanwhile, the Yangir-4 appraisal well is being re-worked after the asset encountered difficulties related to fractured coal. 

Yangir-4 was launched alongside Bulag-Suuj-S1 back in May.

The Yangir-4 appraisal well is unrelated to the Bulag-Suuj-S2 appraisal well. 

Worth noting is that Elixir’s Nomgon acreage is mammoth in size. The company has recently concluded a 2D seismic campaign of some 322km, only a small portion of the total project boundary envelope.

The shape of Elixir's three month charts compared to the energy index (XEJ)
The shape of Elixir's three month charts compared to the energy index (XEJ)
Elixir Energy was a Market Index client at the time of publishing. All coverage contains factual information only and should not be interpreted as opinion of financial advice.

 

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Jonathon Davidson

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Jonathon is a journalism graduate and avid market watcher with exposure to governance, NGO and mining environments. He was most recently hired as an oil and gas specialist for a trade publication. Email Jon at [email protected].

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