(EnergyAsia, November 9 2011, Wednesday) — Singapore’s RH Petrogas Limited said its wholly owned subsidiaries, Petrogas (Basin) Ltd and RHP Salawati Basin BV, have discovered gas and condensates in the Sorong area in Indonesia’s West Papua province.

The company said recent drill stem tests conducted in the North Klalin-1 exploration well drilled in the Kepala Burung PSC produced 5.867 million standard cubic feet/day (MMSCFD) of natural gas on a 24/64” choke and 137 b/d of condensate. The well was spudded in June 2011 and completed in September 2011.

RHP said it expects the discovery to add to its oil and gas production of around seven thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day from early 2012. The discovery, located close to existing production fields, will be appraised by the drilling of delineation wells and if proven, will help to meet the increasing gas demand in the area.

RHP Group’s CEO, Tony Tan, said: “The North Klalin-1 well is our first exploration drilling since we completed the acquisition of the Basin PSC assets in December 2010, and we are very pleased with this discovery. We will continue to work with our partners to further appraise the potential resources of the North Klalin field.”

Through subsidiaries PBL and RHPSB, RHP has an aggregate 60% working interest in the Basin PSC. Its partners are PetroChina International (30%) and PT Pertamina Hulu Energy (10%).