Australia's Cue Energy Resources Ltd (Cue) announced that the Manaia-2 well offshore New Zealand is at a depth of 620 feet (189 meters) measured depth below rotary table (MDRT) at 0600 hours local time Sept. 6. Current operations are preparing to drill ahead in 16 inch hole. Since the well spud Sept. 1, 36 inch hole has been drilled to 620 feet (189 meters) MDRT and the 30 inch conductor pipe has been run and cemented without incident.
Manaia-2 is located in Petroleum Mining Permit (PMP) 38160 in the offshore Taranaki Basin. The well is operated by OMV New Zealand Ltd. and is being drilled from the Kan Tan IV (mid-water semisub).
The well is located 0.78 miles (1.25 kilometers) north of Maui-4 (which discovered the Manaia field) and 3.73 miles (6 kilometers) to the southwest of the Maari field well head platform, The well has a planned total depth of 9,350 feet (2,850 meters) and drilling is expected to take about 30 days. The undeveloped Moki and Farewell Formation reservoirs that will be appraised by Manaia-2 have the potential to add 11 million barrels of gross reserves to the Manaia field.
Cue will provide weekly progress reports during the drilling of Manaia-2. Participating interests in PMP 38160 are as follows:
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