Cairn Lanka has discovered a second well of natural gas off the shore of Mannar.
The well was drilled to a depth of 3 miles and gas was discovered in three zones.
The company said in a statement that further drilling would be necessary to determine the commercial viability of the discovery.
Cairn Lanka is a subsidiary of Cairn India, of which 52% is owned by British based Cairn Energy.
See our previous post:
'Natural gas found in Mannar basin' (Oct 2011)
‘Speculation as drilling begins in Mannar’ (Aug 2011)
'Scurried pact for oil off Mannar' (Jul 2008)