BEACH Energy has finished drilling Jolly-1, the first of two gas exploration wells near Penola.
Jolly-1 has encountered a thick section of shale and sandstones with elevated gas readings in the lower sawpit shale and Casterton Formation from 3430m depth.
Beach's managing director Reg Nelson said that while these results are very promising, extensive analysis of core and samples will need to be undertaken from both Jolly-1 and the upcoming Bungaloo-1 well to determine any future work program.
"Our samples will be sent off for analysis, which includes determining the porosity, permeability and gas content of the rocks," he said.
"This process will likely take at least six months."
The Jolly-1 rig will now be used to drill Bungaloo-1, the second and final exploration well that Beach Energy is drilling in the region this year.
The rig was transported to the Bungaloo-1 site, located around 10km north west of Penola and 13km from Jolly-1 late last week.
"As always Beach will adopt a diligent approach regarding the preparation and drilling of this well, with the same environmental rigour the company follows with all of its wells," Mr Nelson said.
Water monitoring bores are being utilised in Beach's current exploration drilling campaign in the SE.
Mr Nelson said members of the community who would like more information were welcome to contact Beach Energy.