AWE Continues to Drill at Pateke-4H Well in PMP 38158 off New Zealand

AWE Limited reported Thursday that as at 06:00 hours (6.00am NZDT) today, the Pateke-4H development well in petroleum mining permit (PMP) 38158 off New Zealand had been drilled to a total measured depth of 13,484 feet (4,110 meters) and an inclination of 89 degrees. The primary objective, the Kapuni F sands, has been penetrated on prognosis by the 12.25 inch drilling assembly. Oil shows have been observed by surface monitoring equipment and realtime petrophysical measurements indicate the likely presence of an oil bearing reservoir.

It is now planned to run and cement 9.625 inch casing to a measured depth of 13,451 feet (4100 meters), following which drilling will continue through the reservoir section to a projected total measured depth of 17,588 feet (5,361 meters).

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 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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