Australia: Beach Energy Updates on September Drilling Operations
Australia’s Beach Energy has released its monthly drilling report for the month of September 2013.
Nappamerri Trough Natural Gas
In PEL 218 (Beach Energy 70% and operator, Chevron Australia Exploration 30%) the Boston-3 horizontal well, the second horizontal in the Nappamerri Trough, commenced drilling on 7 September. The primary appraisal objective of Boston-3 will be to evaluate the Murteree Shale in this part of the permit. Boston-3 is currently at a depth of 896 metres.
Rapid-1, the tenth vertical exploration well in PEL 218, reached total depth of 4,208 metres in the Patchawarra Formation. Rapid-1 will be cased and suspended for future evaluation. Once released from Rapid-1, the rig will move to ATP 855 (Beach 46.9% and operator, Icon Energy Ltd 35.1%, Chevron 18%) to commence drilling the Geoffrey-1 vertical exploration well.
Cooper Basin Oil and Gas Exploration and Development
In the gas exploration program in Queensland (Beach 23.2%, Santos 60.06% and operator, Origin Energy Resources 16.5%, Australia Pacific LNG 0.24%), the Bolah-1 gas exploration well is at 945 metres and preparing to drill ahead after setting 7-5/8”surface casing. The primary objective in this well is the Toolachee Formation.
In the gas development program in Queensland (Beach 23.2%, Santos 60.06% and operator, Origin 16.5%, APL 0.24%), the Okotoko West-3 ST1 well was cased and suspended as a Toolachee Formation and Patchawarra Formation gas producer.
In the South Australian Cooper Basin Joint Venture (SACB JV) gas development program (Beach 20.21%, Santos 66.6% and operator, Origin 13.19%), Cowralli-19, -20, and -29 have been cased and suspended. These wells are scheduled for fracture stimulation ahead of being brought online. Pelican-13 was also cased and suspended as a Patchawarra Formation and Tirrawarra Sandstone gas producer.
In the SACB JV unconventional gas appraisal program, Langmuir-1 has been cased and suspended at a total depth of 3,815 metres in the Merrimelia Formation. The gas deliverability of the Permian section will be assessed as part of future evaluation of the well. Moomba-194 was drilled to total depth of 3,368 metres and is currently running electric logs ahead of anticipated case and suspend.
Drilling in the Irtalie Field (Beach 38.5%, Santos 55.5%, Bridgeport (Eromanga) Pty Ltd (Bridgeport) 2%, Australian Gasfields Ltd 2%, Bounty Oil and Gas N.L. (Bounty) 2%) continued with the drilling of Irtalie East-5. The well was cased and suspended as a future Basal Birkhead/Hutton oil producer.
Activity in the Cooroo Field (Beach 38.5%, Santos 55.5%, Bridgeport 2%, Australian Gasfields Ltd 2%, Bounty 2%) recommenced on the 17 September with the drilling of the Cooroo North West culmination. The well was cased and suspended as a future Westbourne and Basal Birkhead/Hutton oil producer.
LNG World News Staff, October 02, 2013; Image: Beach Energy