Oil and gas firm Max Petroleum has discovered oil in the UTS-1 well on the Uytas prospect in western Kazakhstan.

The initial test results from the Cretaceous reservoir in the UTS-1 discovery well indicate a 55m oil column with 31m of net oil pay.

Perforations at depths ranging from 120m to 128m and 155m to 158m produced 26 degree API gravity crude oil on pump at indicative rates of approximately 24 barrels of oil per day during a brief clean-up period.

The Kazakhstan-focused company said that the well will be placed on a 90-day long term production test.

The company also plans to drill three confirmation wells in the first quarter of 2011 and has tendered for a ZJ-20 shallow rig to drill the wells.

Max Petroleum also intends to acquire a high-fold 3D seismic survey over the Uytas structure specifically designed to image the shallow reservoirs in the field as soon as practicable.