AWE Spuds Pateke-4H Well in PMP 38158 in Taranaki Basin

AWE Limited reported Monday that the Pateke-4H development well in petroleum mining permit (PMP) 38158 off New Zealand commenced drilling at 10.45 hours (10.45am NZDT) Sunday, Feb. 9. As at 06:00 hours (6.00am NZDT) today, operations had drilled a 36 inch hole to a depth of 767 feet (234 meters) and preparations are being made to run and cement a 30 inch conductor.

The Pateke-4H development well is in PMP 38158 and AWE is the Operator. Located in the offshore Taranaki Basin, New Zealand, PMP 38158 contains the Tui, Amokura and Pateke fields and has been producing since 2007.

Pateke-4H is targeting a mapped northern extension of the currently producing Pateke field. The well is being drilled by the Kan Tan IV (mid-water semisub) in water depth of approximately 406 feet (124 meters) with a planned total measured depth of 17,588 feet (5,361 meters), including a 4,173 feet (1,272 meters) horizontal section. If successful, the well will be completed for subsequent tie-back to the Tui FPSO (Umuroa) for production in 2015.

The Joint Venture partners in PMP 38158 are:

  • AWE Limited (via subsidiaries) (Operator): 57.5 percent
  • New Zealand Oil & Gas (via subsidiaries): 27.5 percent
  • Pan Pacific Petroleum (via subsidiaries): 15.0 percent


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