JAPEX taps Niigata gas field in test

JIJI

Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. said Thursday it has succeeded in a natural gas production test in Ojiya, Niigata Prefecture.

The test at a well in the Katakai gas field achieved a daily output of 200,000 cu. meters of natural gas and 13 kiloliters of crude oil, said the company, known as JAPEX.

The company aims to start full-scale production in the fiscal year beginning in April 2015.

JAPEX started drilling the well in December. The company said it will continue exploration work in areas surrounding the gas field.