Nexus Energy Limited stated that as at 06:00 am (ACST), the Crux-3 appraisal well in exploration permit AC/P23, in the Browse Basin, has reached a depth of 3,609 metres true vertical depth (TVD).
The well has intersected gas sands approximately 90 metres above the prognosed top of reservoir. Approximately 10 metres of reservoir sands have been intersected with good indications of gas. The sands appear to be similar in quality to the high porosity sands seen in other Crux wells.
The rig has now stopped drilling and is preparing to core the upper part of the reservoir before drilling ahead to the planned total depth of 3,985 metres TVD. The information obtained from the collection of reservoir rock recovered from coring will be used to ensure optimal recovery of condensate from the planned liquids project. Nexus expects the coring operation to be completed and the well to have reached total depth over the next week.
An announcement will be made once total depth has been reached and logs over the entire reservoir section have been obtained. At that time the total reservoir column, net sand and its quality will be reported.
The Crux-3 well will be the first of three wells to be drilled in the greater Crux area over the next three months.
Two of the three wells including Crux-3 will be drilled in AC/P23 on the Crux field while a third well will be drilled in the adjoining AC/P41 exploration permit in which Nexus holds a 50% interest, to test the Libra exploration prospect.
Nexus managing director, Ian Tchacos said, "The results of this well to date are very encouraging. This intersection is the highest known gas encountered at Crux to date. I look forward to reporting on the quality of the reservoir when we have that information towards the end of next week."
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