Forum Energy said the Weatherford report gave a better understanding of the Sampaguita gas field. A new prospect was identified in the North Bank, located north of Sampaguita but still within SC72.
The report also identified several potential drilling locations.
Forum Energy had previously said that based on a 2006 study, the Sampaguita field had a potential of up to 20 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, or more than 5 times the initial estimates. The Sampaguita gas field is near the Malampaya gas field, with about 2.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and which supplies fuel to three power plants for the main Luzon island.
Earlier, a Department of Energy official said the natural gas resources in Recto Bank may even be bigger than in Malampaya.
However, the company said the pre-drill estimates of resources are based on certain assumptions and the information and interpretations currently available. It noted that there are no assurances these assumptions will be proven accurate.
Forum Energy has a 70% interest in Service Contract 72, with the remaining stake held by Enrique Razon's Monte Oro Resources and Energy Inc.
Forum Energy is owned by Manuel V. Pangilinan's Philex Petroleum Corp. and Roberto Ongpin's Atok Big Wedge. Philex Petroleum holds a total 64.45% direct and indirect interest in Forum. Atok owns Hong Kong-based Tidemark Holdings Ltd., which owns around 26% of Forum. (ABS-CBNnews.com)