Cairn Lanka has struck gas in the first well in the Mannar basin in Sri Lanka.

The company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cairn India Limited, has notified the Sri Lankan government of the gas discovery, the first hydrocarbon find in the country.

The CLPL-Dorado-91H/1z well, drilled in early August in a depth of 1354 metres, is located in the block SL 2007-01-001, where Cairn Lanka has a 100 per cent participating interest.

“A gross 25m hydrocarbon column in a sandstone between the depths of 3043.8 and 3068.7m MD has been interpreted from log and MDT data to be predominantly gas-bearing with some additional liquid hydrocarbon potential. Further drilling will be required to establish the commerciality of the discovery,” Cairn India said.