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Thai Operational Update

30 September 2013

Salamander Energy plc provides an update on drilling activities on its acreage onshore and offshore Thailand.

Sinphuhorm East-1ST (“SPHE-1ST”), L15/43

The onshore SPHE-1ST well has successfully tested gas from the Permian-aged Pha Nok Khao (“PNK”) reservoir at a surface constrained rate of over 50 MMscfpd. The flow rate is commercial and is among the best production rates seen in the field.

The reservoir section of the well has been drilled underbalanced to an intermediate depth of 2,255 m TVDSS encountering the top of the PNK formation at 2,075 m TVDSS. Shut-in pressures indicate that the drilled reservoir is in communication with the main Sinphuhorm gas field. Preparations are underway to drill ahead to determine the depth of the gas-water contact and complete deliverability testing of the remaining hydrocarbon potential within the PNK reservoir.

The well was the first drilled on the recently acquired 3D seismic data and was designed to appraise the field’s extent and reservoir deliverability. This result confirms the field extension from the production licenses (Salamander net 9.5%) into block L15/43 (Salamander 27.2%). As at 1st January 2013, Salamander booked a net 16.3 MMboe of 2P reserves and 11.3 MMboe of contingent resources (independently certified) associated with the field.

This is the first well to be drilled following the acquisition of 3D seismic over the Sinphuhorm field, which has proved to be a valuable tool in identifying the areas of productive reservoir and will be used to identify further upside elsewhere across the field area.

Ayutthaya Exploration Well, G4/50

The exploration well on the offshore Ayutthaya prospect in Block G4/50 in the Gulf of Thailand has been plugged and abandoned as a dry hole. The well was drilled in the central Western Basin to a total depth of 2,294 m TVDSS. Excellent quality reservoirs were encountered at the target horizons, but no significant indications of oil or gas were observed during drilling or on wire-line logs.

Environmental Impact Assessment (“EIA”) Update

Salamander’s EIA application for exploration drilling locations in block G4/50 has still to be approved. The oil spill that occurred elsewhere in the Gulf of Thailand in July has understandably impacted the EIA approval process and the lessons learned from this incident will now need to be reflected in an updated Oil Spill Response Plan. We will resubmit the EIA application once this work has been completed.


Salamander Energy     
020 7432 2680
James Menzies, Chief Executive Officer     
Geoff Callow, Head of Corporate Affairs     
Brunswick Group LLP     
020 7404 5959
Patrick Handley     
Elizabeth Adams     


About Salamander

Salamander Energy is an independent upstream oil and gas exploration and production company listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange (Ticker: SMDR) and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index. The Group is focused on growth assets in and around three core areas: Greater Bualuang, Gulf of Thailand; North Kutei, Indonesia; and Greater Kerendan, Indonesia. In each of these areas the Group has a material, operated position and a detailed understanding of the petroleum systems of the basin.