Strike Energy Completes Appraisal Drilling in PEL 96 in South Australia

Strike Energy Limited (Strike) revealed Wednesday that the Southern Cooper Basin Gas Project appraisal drilling program in Petroleum Exploration License (PEL) 96 in South Australia has been successfully completed. The results obtained from the Le Chiffre 1 and Klebb 1 wells have materially de-risked key parameters underpinning project resource and cost estimates ahead of the next stage of the project’s commercialization.

Klebb 1

The Klebb 1 well was drilled to a total depth of 7,194 feet (2,193 meters) and cased using premium casing to allow for future fracture stimulation and flow testing.

Wireline logs have shown over 475 feet (145 meters) of net coal was encountered in the well.

In particular, 292 feet (89 meters) of coal was observed in the Patchawarra Formation, including one continuous 111 feet (34 meters) thick seam and two other seams each over 49 feet (15 meters) thick.

Notable increases in gas readings were recorded while drilling through coals encountered in the well. The increase in gas readings with depth was consistent to that observed in the Le Chiffre 1 well.

Program Highlights

While data obtained from the Le Chiffre 1 and Klebb 1 wells will continue to be analyzed through 1Q 2014, preliminary results confirm:

  • The presence of a continuous coal system in the Weena Trough in PEL 96, with very thick coal development in excess of our pre-drill estimates observed in both wells as outlined below
    • Le Chiffre 1 well
      • Pre-drill net coal mean estimate: 292 feet (89 meters)
      • Actual net coal: 344 feet (105 meters)
      • Percentage of Pre-drill estimate: 118 percent
    • Klebb 189
      • Pre-drill net coal mean estimate: 292 feet (89 meters)
      • Actual net coal: 482 feet (147 meters)
      • Percentage of Pre-drill estimate: 165 percent
  • Coals encountered in the primary target horizons are in the peak gas generation window for inertinite rich coals and have very low moisture contents. These observations together with the gas shows recorded while drilling indicate that the coals are gas saturated with free gas present in the coal pores. This highlights the potential for these coals to produce gas without material associated water production
  • Relatively shallow well depths (<7,217 feet or 2,200 meters) combined with very thick coals will allow simple, low cost drilling, completion and production programs to be implemented

Next Steps

A comprehensive completion, testing and production optimization program is currently being developed. The program’s main objective is to determine a development plan for the resource and will involve a series of drilling, completion and production trials to optimize project economics.


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