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TMK confirms extensive two-layered gassy coal system in Mongolia’s south Gobi

Mon 11 Jul 22, 10:41am (AEST)
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Key Points

  • TMK Energy has confirmed high permeability downhole Snow Leopard-3
  • Marks a 100% success rate for the company’s three-well maiden drilling program
  • Two-tier coal seam geology with upper and lower seam confirmed across all three wells

TMK Energy (ASX:TMK) has stepped closer to gas production with yet another free flowing gas well spud at the company's South Gobi acreage in Mongolia.

Strong permeability data for the coal seam gas body downhole Snow Leopard-3 awards TMK bragging rights to say it has had nothing but success in its early exploration.

In terms of intercepting gas flows downhole, TMK is currently sitting on a 100% success rate across its first three maiden assets on the acreage. 

The company is well placed to develop CSG energy in the region directly nearby China, where shale natural gas is expected to boast an ever-increasing share of energy demand for decades to come

Total gassy coal pay boosted 

TMK has also revised upward the length of gassy coal net pay downhole Snow Leopard-3 from 47m to 60m. 

SL-3, TMK adds, was re-spudded to target a lower coal seam which lies beneath an upper seam. 

This same dual seam formation has been found downhole SL-1 and SL-2, suggesting an extensive two-layered coal system underneath the company’s acreage. 

Why Mongolia?

A number of factors position Mongolia as a must-have location for a CSG project. 

Firstly, the actual geology of coal deposits on site reflect gas-bearing rock bodies at shallow depths and with high permeability. 

Meanwhile, proximity to China strategically allows operators to target sales into one of the world's top energy consumers. To this end, Mongolia's regulatory atmosphere has become accommodating to CSG operators in recent years.

Changes to energy exploration laws allowed for the first CSG permits to be awarded in 2018. 

TMK Energy teams up with partner Talon Energy (ASX:TPD) as a JV in the South Gobi for the Gurvantes XXXV CSG project.

Source: EIA (2017 Outlook Report)
Source: EIA (2017 Outlook Report)
TMK 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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