Kea Petroleum plc, the oil and gas company focused on New Zealand, disclosed Wednesday the completion of the Puka-2 workover component of Phase 1 of the farm-out agreement for petroleum exploration permit (PEP) 51153 with MEO New Zealand Pty Limited (MEO).
Phase 1 is intended to boost existing production and assist future field appraisal. It includes the workover of Puka-2 and the drilling of a new well, Puka-3, from the existing pad. The total $4.31 million (NZD 5 million) funding for Phase 1 has been received from both parties.
The workover operations at the Puka-2 well, in PEP 51153, commenced Wednesday June 2. The downhole pump and rods were removed and inspected. Very fine sand was observed in the pump mechanism, and this is believed to have contributed to the pump failure announced Feb. 11.
The replacement pump has been installed with a change to the downhole configuration. The Joint Venture Operating Committee believes the new configuration is better suited to the reservoir characteristics.
The well is now back in production following the completion of the workover operations.
Ian Brown, managing director of Kea’s operating subsidiaries in New Zealand, said: “We are very pleased to have safely completed the first operations under the agreement with MEO on time and on budget.”
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