Harriet JV Spuds Linda-3 Production Well Offshore Australia

Tap Oil reports that the Linda-3 production well located offshore Australia near Varanus Island was spud this week. To date, the Linda-3 well has drilled to a depth of 956.7 meters measured depth and will continue to drill ahead to the planned total (measured) depth of 3,160 meters.

Linda-3 is being drilled as a deviated well through the subsea jacket of the recently installed Linda Platform. The well will be completed within the Biggada Sandstone reservoir at a subsurface location approximately 1.5 km northwest of the platform.

Further operations following the completion of Linda-3 include pipeline installation and tie-in to Varanus Island before first gas and condensate production anticipated in mid April 2004. The Linda platform has six well slots and has been located to access gas and condensate from the Linda, Rose and Lee fields. Initial production will be from the one well, Linda-3 which is expected to produce at an average rate of around 90 TJ/d. The Linda field is expected to have an initial condensate yield of around 40 bbls per TJ/d.

The Linda-3 production well is estimated to take approximately eight days to drill and complete.

Following this, it is expected that the Ensco 56 jackup will be mobilized to drill the Taunton-4 and Blackthorne-1 step out wells in TP/7 (Tap 12.47%).

Harriet Joint Venture Participants are Apache as operator with 68.5%; Kufpec Australia with 19.2771%; Tap Oil with 12.2299%.