Beach Energy reported that its Moonta-1 well has achieved the highest flow rate of its three unconventional gas exploration wells flow tested to-date in the PEL 218 Permian.
The Moonta-1 well reached a maximum controlled flow rate of 2.6 MMcf/d and is currently flowing at 1.6 MMcf/d through a 1.5-inch choke. Beach said that the well was the first to stimulate the full Patchawarra section. It is anticipated that as techniques are refined in successive wells of the program, improvements over the rates achieved to-date will be realized.
The initial two shale gas wells, Encounter-1 and Holdfast-1, both had peak gas flow rates of about 2.1 MMcf/d and were stimulated in the REM section, with a single stage in the uppermost Patchawarra formation.
Beach said in a statement that the Moonta-1 well was designed to prove up the basin centered gas play and was stimulated in nine stages through the Patchawarra formation, and a single stage in the Murteree Shale. The operator said that with gas now flowing through the well, it is clear that the BCG play exists and the company will continue to refine its understanding of the play with the upcoming program.
Moonta is located in the PEL 218 license, wholly owned and operated by Beach Energy, which is situated in the Cooper Basin.
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