Timor-Leste operator Timor Resources is limbering up for the next round of exploration drilling in a trailblazing programme that has already uncovered two oil discoveries.

It is the first onshore drilling campaign in Timor-Leste in 50 years, during which time the country gained independence from Indonesia in 2002.

Three new onshore wells are planned in the next phase starting this year — Rusa-1, Lafaek-1 and Laisapi-1 — with a combined estimated mean recoverable resource of 378 million barrels of oil, Timor Resources told Upstream.