Melbana Energy (ASX:MAY) has announced an initial two well appraisal program in Block 9 PSC is to be drilled starting in Q1 2023.

Melbana has a 30% stake in the project and will now assess the oil qualities and reservoir characteristics of the three independent formations containing moveable hydrocarbons encountered drilling Alameda-1.

The company says strong oil shows mark an exciting time to hopefully begin the next chapter of its journey in Cuba as an oil producer.

It also says it?s fully funded for its share of costs of the appraisal program, and that principal contractors and the project team remain largely unchanged.