UK-based and AIM-listed oil and gas company Baron Oil has completed its earn-in for an increased interest in the Chuditch discovery and prospects.

Baron Oil said last week that it increased its shareholding in SundaGas subsidiary, SundaGas Timor-Leste Sahul, from 33.33 per cent to 85 per cent.

As a result, the company increased its indirect interest in the TL-SO-19-16 PSC, also known as the Chuditch PSC, offshore the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste from 25 per cent to 63.75 per cent.

Andy Yeo, CEO of Baron, said: “We are delighted that the earn-in arrangements have now been completed with the issue of new shares in SundaGas Timor-Leste Sahul to Baron and that the company has secured a materially increased interest in the Chuditch PSC project.

Everything is in place to allow SundaGas Banda to undertake the PSC technical work programme activities, especially the critical 3D seismic reprocessing.

These works will enable an up-to-date assessment of the true potential of the Chuditch discovery and of the viability of drilling an appraisal well and further exploration wells in a timely manner“.

To remind, the government of Timor Leste signed a production sharing contract with Sunda Gas and TIMOR Gap – the national oil company of Timor-Leste – for an offshore block containing the Chuditch discovery back in November 2019.