Elixir Energy (ASX:EXR) - MD and CEO, Neil Young
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  • Elixir Energy (EXR) opens the trading day in the red following the latest update from exploration and appraisal work at its Mongolian assets
  • EXR’s Richcairn-1S exploration well is complete after being drilled to 792 metres, and hitting 16 metres of coal and 20 metres of carbonaceous mudstone
  • The company plans to move its exploration rig to an up-dip step-out location dubbed Richcairn-2S, which it says will spud in the next day or so
  • Given all six of the company’s last wells intersected their coal targets, Elixir is accelerating its drilling program for the rest of 2021 by adding a third rig
  • Shares in Elixir Energy are down 3.57 per cent and trading at 27 cents each at 11:21 am AEST

Gas explorer Elixir Energy (EXR) has opened the trading day in the red following the latest update from exploration and appraisal work at its Mongolian assets.

The company is focussed on coal seam gas (CSG) from its Nomgon IX Coal Bed Methane (CBM) Production Sharing Contract (PSC).

Elixir told investors this morning the Richcarin-1S exploration well in the area has been completed after being drilled to 792 metres. Wireline logs show that the well hit 16 metres of coal and 20 metres of highly carbonaceous mudstone.

Elixir said this was the first of its wells to intersect coal purely from seismic identification, demonstrating the “continuous improvements” in its exploration program.

Elixir now plans to move its exploration rig to an up-dip step-out location dubbed Richcairn-2S, which it said would spud in the next day or so.

The company’s last six wells have all intersected their coal targets, leading Elixir to accelerate its drilling program for the rest of 2021 by adding a third rig. Elixir said the mobilisation of this third rig is “imminent”, though the company stopped short of providing an expected date.

Managing Director Neil Young said this was all part of the company’s “rinse and repeat” exploration model.

“We are very pleased to have discovered yet another new coal-bearing sub-basin at Richcairn — which could be very extensive — and look forward to further drilling results here,” Mr Young said.

“With Richcairn, we have now added three new potentially productive sub-basins to our inventory in 2021 to date.”

Meanwhile, Elixir’s drilling in the nearby Nomgon Central-1 core-hole has reached 559 metres and logged 65 metres of coal.

The next Nomgon sub-basin appraisal well, dubbed Nomgon 6, will spud later this week. Elixir said the results from this well would feed into some planned 2022 production testing and help the company obtain necessary regulatory approvals in Mongolia.

“At Nomgon we continue to gather the data required to underpin our foreshadowed two-stage production testing process,” Mr Young said.

Shares in Elixir Energy were down 3.57 per cent and trading at 27 cents each at 11:21 am AEST. The company has a $236 million market cap.

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