Kina Petroleum Ltd. (KPL) announced Tuesday that spud of the Kwila-1 exploration well in PPL 337 in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
The well was spud at 12.05 am local time June 23.
Kwila-1 is operated by Heritage Oil Ltd. under a farmout agreement between Heritage Oil and KPL, whereby Heritage will carry KPL through the drilling and, if appropriate, testing of 2 wells. The first of those wells, Raintree-1, has been drilled. KPL will retain a 30 percent participating interest in the License upon completion of drilling, and in the event of a discovery will benefit from a carry through a seismic program to appraise the field.
Kwila-1 is designed to test Plio-Pleistocene sands some of which were gas bearing in the shallow section of Raintree-1 and will be drilled to a depth of around 0.62 mile (1 kilometer). Drilling time is expected to be around 2 weeks.
Kwila-1 will be using the Schramm 200 rig that drilled the Raintree-1 well.
Kina Petroleum’s Managing Director, Richard Schroder, commented:
“We look forward to the drilling at Kwila-1 which will test a trap with an associated seismic anomaly which Kina believes is within a sandstone body on the northern flank of the Banam Anticline, which remains the largest untested geological feature in PNG.
The significant gas shows in parts of the upper section of Raintree-1 and prolific gas seeps on the northern flank of the Banam Anticline give us confidence that gas generation is taking place within the basin and subject to presence of good quality seal, we believe significant quantities of combustible gas could be present in the prognosed reservoir at Kwila-1. The well is a significant test of the hydrocarbon potential of the Ramu sub-basin and success will provide real positive benefits to mines and the communities within the Lae and Madang regions.
Kwila-1 will also provide further valuable in-country experience for EDA’s rig and crew, the use of which is being considered for our exploration portfolio elsewhere in PNG.”
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