AWE Limited, the Operator of Permits L1/L2 in the Perth Basin, Western Australia, revealed Monday that at 06:00 hours (6.00am) AWST today the Waitsia-2 appraisal well was at a Measured Depth below Rotary Table (MDRT) of 5,322 feet (1,622 meters) and drilling ahead in a 12.25 inch hole to the next planned section depth of 9,055 feet (2,760 meters), following the successful installation of 13.375 inch surface casing at 4,255 feet (1,297 meters).
The Waitsia-2 well was spud June 28 and is forecast to take approximately seven weeks in total to complete. The well will be drilled to a planned maximum total depth of 12,477 feet (3,803 meters) MDRT and is designed to test the gas potential in the southern extension of the Waitsia Field, comprising primary targets in the deep conventional formations in the Kingia and High Cliff Sandstones.
If the results are positive, AWE may undertake a flow test of the Waitsia-2 well and the well may be completed as a production well for a potential future field development. The approved work program for the Waitsia-2 appraisal well does not include hydraulic fracture stimulation.
The Waitsia-2 appraisal well is located on agricultural land approximately 10.3 miles (16.5 kilometers) east-southeast of Dongara, Western Australia, and 3.5 miles (5.6 kilometers) south-southwest of Waitsia-1. The well is the last of a three well drilling program planned for the Perth Basin in 2015.
The Joint Venture partners in L1/L2 are:
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