Cue Energy Resources Ltd (Cue) reported Friday that it has been advised by OMV New Zealand Ltd (OMV), the Operator of permit PEP 51313 offshore New Zealand, that at 06:00 hours (local time) on Friday Aug. 1, the Whio-1 well was drilling ahead at a depth of 3,441 feet (1,049 meters) measured depth rotary table (MDRT) in the 16 inch hole section.
Whio-1 is being drilled from the Kan Tan IV (mid-water semisub) at a surface location 68.3 miles (110 kilometers) south-west of New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand and 2.8 miles (4.5 kilometers) south-east of the Maari well-head platform. The well has a planned total depth of 9,445 feet (2,879 meters) MDRT (9,035 feet or 2,754 meters total vertical depth rotary table or TVDRT) and the well path will be deviated northwards from the surface location to avoid possible shallow drilling hazards above the subsurface targets.
The primary reservoir objectives at Whio are the M2A Sandstone and Mangahewa Formation which are oil bearing in the Maari Field. Secondary reservoir objectives are the Moki, Kaimiro and Farewell formations. Cue’s assessment of Whio indicates mean unrisked prospective resources of 18 million barrels of oil (100 percent basis). The close proximity of Whio to existing production infrastructure at the Maari Field provides potential opportunities for early development of any discovered petroleum. A successful well at Whio will open additional exploration potential along the Tasman Ridge to the south of Maari, including the Matariki prospect.
Cue will be free-carried by OMV in the drilling and completion of Whio-1 under the terms of a farm-out agreement signed in December 2012. In the event that one or more hydrocarbon pools are developed at Whio, the participating interests of all partners will be aligned with those of the Maari Joint Venture as follows:
Cue will provide weekly progress reports during the drilling of Whio-1.
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