Thai state firm PTT has made the largest discovery yet on its Hassi Bir Rekaziz (HBR) permit in Algeria’s Berkine Basin. The sixth well of a nine-well late-2011 to early 2013 “first exploration phase” tested at 5,240 b/d and 5mn cfd of gas.

With five of the six wells drilled so far proving successful the block is shaping up to be a key future producer. The fifth well tested at 1,900 b/d in September. Flow testing of the seventh exploration well is now underway. (CONTINUED - 469 WORDS)