AWE Limited, as Operator of Exploration Permit 455 in the Perth Basin, Western Australia, reported Tuesday that as at 06:00 hours (6:00am) AWST today the Drover-1 exploration well was drilling ahead at a measured depth of 3,317 feet (1,011 meters) in an 8.5 inch hole following the installation of the 9.625 inch surface casing at 2,854 feet (870 meters).
The 8.5 inch hole will be drilled to a planned section depth of 5,577 feet (1,700 meters) prior to cutting 88.5 feet (27 meters) of core in the Kockatea Shale before drilling on to the deeper objectives.
The Drover-1 exploration well is located on pastoral land in the Shire of Coorow, approximately 11.2 miles (18 kilometers) southeast of Green Head and 136.7 miles (220 kilometers) north of Perth.
The Drover-1 exploration well will be drilled vertically to a planned total depth of 7,874 feet (2,400 meters) and is designed to test the unconventional gas potential in the southern area of AWE’s Perth Basin acreage. Drover-1 is targeting the Kockatea and Carynginia shale formations, the Irwin River Coal Measures and the High Cliff Sandstones. Core samples will be collected and sent for analysis before determining the next phase of activity.
The Joint Venture partners in EP455 are:
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