Geordie-1 is located in PEL 88 in the far northeastern corner of South Australia where Victoria Petroleum holds a 10% interest.
Geordie-1 is the first exploration well in Victoria Petroleum's planned eight well 2006 Cooper Basin exploration drilling program.
Geordie-1 is programmed to be drilled to a Total Depth (TD) of 2,600 meters and is planned to take approximately 20 days to drill from the start of drilling.
The Geordie Prospect is a fault closed structure that also has a robust seismically mapped four way dip closed component with two crests. Geordie-1 will test the southern crest of the structure and the Triassic Tinchoo at approximately 2,247 meters.
The Geordie Prospect was defined by seismic mapping conducted during 2004.
Potential reserves for the four way dip closure range from 1.4 million up to 11.2 million barrels of recoverable oil with a mean of 7.5 million barrels, if oil is present.
The nearest oilfield, the Cook Oil Field is located approximately 30 kilometers to the east of Geordie-1 and adjacent to Victoria Petroleum's Queensland permit ATP 752P. The Cook Oil Field Field produced oil from the Jurassic aged Hutton Sandstone at a rate of 879 barrels of oil per day.
The James Oil Field which is located 23 kilometers to the south of the Geordie-1 location flowed oil from the Tinchoo reservoirs of Upper Triassic age at a rate of 1,810 barrels of oil per day.
These oil flows along with the shows in other nearby wells demonstrate the potential that could exist for oil to occur in several reservoirs at the Geordie-1 location.
Commenting on the start of drilling at Geordie-1, John Kopcheff, Managing Director for Victoria Petroleum N.L. said;
"Vicpet is pleased to be kicking off its 8 well 2006 exploration program in the South Australian Cooper Basin with the potentially high reward, but not without risk Geordie-1 exploration well."
"An oil discovery at Geordie-1 would further confirm our belief in the known oil producing potential of the northern part of the Cooper Basin, where Victoria Petroleum is the largest acreage holder."
Participants in the drilling of Geordie-1 and their respective interests are:
Victoria Petroleum N.L. 10%
Victoria Petroleum N.L. has a 10% interest in the Geordie-1 well and PEL 88 through its wholly owned subsidiary, Victoria Oil Exploration (1977) Pty Ltd.
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