Empire Oil and Gas NL provided Friday an upate on its drilling, completion and test data at its 100-percent owned Red Gully North-1 (RGN-1) discovery in permit EP 389 in the Perth Basin, Western Australia.
Aztech Well Construction, a well project management consultancy contracted to provide extensive independent technical evaluation to determine the cause and best technical solution to the high formation water production during the RGN-1 C and D sands tests, has identified possible root causes to a poor cementing job.
The consultancy confirmed that poor 7-inch casing cement is the likely cause of formation water production during recent testing and Aztech recommends a standard remedial cementing solution, which is expected to enable a valid test on the C and Upper D sands to determine gas reservoir deliverability.
The diagnostic testing is planned for early third quarter 2016 (3Q 2016) and the remedial cementing process is scheduled for late 3Q 2016 or early 4Q 2016 subject to completion/rig equipment availability and government approvals.
"This technical study has increased our confidence in bringing the Red Gully North-1 well into successful production and extend the production life of the Red Gully Processing Facility. We look forward to the upcoming diagnostic testing and remedial cement work program to enable valid test results in 4Q 2016 and expediting RGN-1 commercialization," Empire CEO Ken Aitken said in the press release.
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