Indonesia Energy Corp (INDO) – Latest Well Looks Successful, Future Drilling Delayed

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Friday, October 21, 2022

Michael Heim, CFA, Senior Research Analyst, Noble Capital Markets, Inc.

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Kruh Well 28 finds oil formation in addition to previously announced gas reservoir. Indo reported reaching final depth in its fourth well in the Kruh field. As has been the case with the other three wells, oil has been discovered, this time with a wider oil band that had been expected. The company previously reported discovering natural gas at shallower levels as had been the case in Kruh Well 27.  We view drilling in the Kruh Field as largely developmental so the successful discovery of hydrocarbons was not a surprise. It will take at least a month to complete the well before we can learn flow rate information, but management maintains that the wells have a twelve-month payback at current oil prices.

Well success prompts further seismic studies. Indo is planning to conduct new seismic operations across the entire Kruh Block to optimize drilling locations. The company still plans on drilling 18 wells in the block (four have been completed). Seismic studies will push back the drilling program twelve months into the 2024-25 time frame and will not begin until Kruh 27 and 28 have been brought on line. We had modeled six wells in 2023 and eight in 2024 and are pushing all drilling back a year. Indonesia Energy has faced a series of delays in its drilling program due to COVID, weather, and other factors.

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