Sterling said that a 12-meter core was cut in the reservoir section before drilling to total depth and commencing logging operations. Indications of gas were recorded during drilling of the Doina main interval.

Further gas indications were noted down to 1,200 meters and this lower section is being evaluated by the firm’s logging program. The Doina Sister prospect is an analogue to the existing Doina gas discovery which reportedly tested gas at restricted rates of 17 million cubic feet per day.

Sterling noted that the established Doina gas trend forms a small part of the offshore Midia block XV which together with the Pelican block XIII covers approximately 1.1 million acres. The Canadian firm maintains a 65% working interest in the blocks.

Stewart Gibson, CEO, said: The results from the Doina Sister well support Sterling’s long-term belief in the Midia and Pelican Blocks. It is particularly pleasing, since taking over as operator a year ago, to be able to progress activity in a manner commensurate with the potential prospectivity of the area.