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Otto Energy mobilises rig to the SM-6 #2 well location

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Otto Energy Ltd has announced that it has been advised by operator,Byron Energy Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Byron Energy Limited (ASX:BYE) (Byron), that the Hercules 205 drilling rig has been mobilised to the SM-6 #2 well location. The rig move is expected to take one  day. The well is expected to spud about 6 days after mobilisation. Once on location the rig will install new 30 in. conductor guides on the existing 72 in. caisson, drive the 30 in. conductor pipe and then commence drilling the SM-6 #2 well.

Low cost opportunity

The SM-6 #2 well is the first well to be drilled as part of Otto’s farm-in transaction with Byron announced in December 2015. The SMI-6 lease is part of a portfolio of low cost, high chance of success, conventional oil and gas opportunities located both onshore and offshore the Gulf of Mexico, which Otto has the option to participate in as part of the transaction.

In order to earn a 50% working interest (equal to a 40.625% revenue interest) in the SMI-6 Lease, Otto will contribute 66.67% of the costs of the well (estimated at US$5.3 million net to Otto)). Any costs above this amount in respect of the SM-6 #2 well and all future expenditure on the license will be in accordance with Otto and Byron’s participating interest (Otto 50%).

Otto’s Managing Director, Matthew Allen said:

“We are very pleased to have commenced operations in respect of the SM-6 #2 well. The well location is situated in shallow water and surrounded by existing infrastructure. In the success case, the well will be completed for production with development by way of low-cost tie in, meaning that the project is economically robust even in the current low oil price environment. With production likely to commence around mid-2017, any improvement in oil price conditions will yield significant further value.

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Adapted from a press release by Louise Mulhall

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