Santos Finds West Gas at Kyanite-1 Well in PEL 513 in Cooper Basin

Drillsearch Energy Limited announced Monday a new wet gas discovery at PEL 513 on the Western Cooper Wet Gas Fairway of the Cooper Basin, Australia the fourth discovery out of five wells drilled by the Company’s joint venture with Santos (Drillsearch 40 percent, Santos 60 percent and Operator).

The Kyanite-1 near-field exploration well in PEL 513 was drilled to a total depth of 11,003 feet (3,354 meters). Excellent gas shows were observed across the Patchawarra and Tirrawarra Sandstone/Merrimelia Formations from 250 to 3,795 total gas units, with stacked reservoirs identified.

Drillsearch’s preliminary interpretation of wireline logs has confirmed an aggregate estimate of 79.3 feet (24.2 meters) of net conventional gas pay over several intervals in the Patchawarra Formation, with a gross interval of 1,752.9 feet (534.3 meters). In addition, 27.9 feet (8.5 meters) of net gas pay were encountered over a gross interval of 193.9 feet (59.1 meters) in the Tirrawarra Sandstone/Merrimelia Formation. The potential for multiple completion targets has been observed, and formation pressure testing identified good permeability. In addition to the conventional pay, several zones with potential for significant unconventional pay were also observed.

Based on the results of this preliminary analysis, Kyanite-1 has been cased and suspended as a future gas producer.

Kyanite-1 is located 10.8 miles (17.5 kilometers) due east of the Middleton-1 well in PPL 239 (Drillsearch 50 percent, Beach Energy 50 percent and Operator) and 5.5 miles (8.9 kilometers) northeast of the South Australian Cooper Basin Joint Venture’s (SACBJV) Moonanga-1 well which produces gas from the Patchawarra Formation. The discovery is close to existing SACBJV gathering system infrastructure.

Drillsearch Managing Director Brad Lingo said:

“We have been delighted by the results of our campaign with Santos, for which Drillsearch is free carried through the remainder of FY2015. Kyanite-1 is Drillsearch’s sixth wet gas discovery in FY2015, which represents an exceptional return from this year’s work program.


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