Tap has provided the following information on the Fletcher-3 appraisal well.
The rig was progressively re-manned after Saturday, December 27, 2008 and, following the re-establishment of operations, is about to recommence wireline logging.
Fletcher-3 intersected an approximately 20 m thick gross interval of high quality oil-bearing Legendre Formation reservoir sands as predicted.
At the conclusion of logging operations in Fletcher-3, the well bore will be plugged back and sidetracked approximately 500 m to the northwest to test the Legendre Formation in a separate fault compartment of the greater Fletcher High. The sidetracked well will be designated Fletcher-4 as it will in effect be testing a new geological objective. Sidetracking operations are expected to take around a week, after which the Fletcher-3 and -4 well bores will be plugged and abandoned, and the rig released.
Fletcher-3 is designed to appraise the Fletcher-1 & 2 oil discovery, initially drilled in July-August 2007. The discovery lies at the northern end of the Dampier Sub-Basin, approximately 17 km east of Santos' producing facilities at the Mutineer and Exeter Fields. Fletcher's proximity to existing facilities significantly enhances the economics of a potential development and represents a good opportunity for Tap to participate in a moderate risk, potential near-term oil development in this part of the highly productive Carnarvon Basin.
The well has so far confirmed the presence of high quality, oil-bearing reservoir in the Fletcher-3 fault block however further work is required to integrate this new data with previous interpretations over the greater Fletcher High. Well results are in line with pre-drill expectations. Interpretation of the wireline log data has commenced in order to confirm Tap's provisional interpretation.
The Fletcher-4 sidetrack is designed to appraise a separate compartment of the Fletcher High in a cost-effective and timely manner. It will enable the WA-191-P JV make an earlier decision on the potential commerciality of the Fletcher Field.
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