InterOil Corporation provided an update on the Antelope-7 side track appraisal well. On December 22, 2016, InterOil announced that the initial Antelope-7 well had reached 2,127 meters (6,978 feet) measured depth below rotary table (MDRT). After encountering drilling difficulties in the Orubadi Formation, Total E&P PNG Limited (Total), the operator of Petroleum Retention License 15 (PRL15) in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea commenced the Antelope-7 side track appraisal well.
On January 31, 2017, according to information provided by Total, the Antelope-7 side track appraisal well reached 1,980 meters (6,496 feet) MDRT and is drilling ahead in the Orubadi Formation. The well is designed to provide structural control and reservoir definition on the field’s western flank. It has a proposed total depth of around 2,300 meters (7,545 feet) MDRT and is located about 1.45 km west-south-west of Antelope-5.
InterOil holds a 36.5375% interest in the well. Total E&P PNG Limited has a 40.1275% interest, Oil Search has 22.8350%, and the remaining 0.5000% is held by minority parties