Linc to Spud First of Three Wells in SA's Arckaringa Oil & Gas Basin Soon

Australia's Linc Energy Ltd announced Thursday that it has commenced operations as part of its 3 well drilling program in the Arckaringa Basin in South Australia. The 3 well locations have been selected following a lengthy and ongoing field appraisal study headed by world leading shale experts Baker Hughes.

This drilling program is focused on the Boorthanna Trough which formed the basis for the majority of the prospective resources separately identified by Gustavson Associates and DeGolyer and MacNaughton as previously announced. To date no previous drilling has intersected the formations at depth and the results of these wells will be important to understanding the basin in detail.

Samples and core recovered during drilling activity will be sent for analysis of rock layers within the targeted formations with the most prospective source rock. Analysis will include:

  • Thermal Maturity – to confirm thermal gradient projections in each of the 3 holes
  • Source Rock – to confirm source rock quality of Stuart Range, Boorthanna and pre-Permian formations
  • Intersection of at least one of the conventional oil and gas targets identified by Gustavson as a prospective resource
  • Logging of all core holes; and
  • Open hole well testing if moveable hydrocarbons are detected

Assessment of the data collected in this first phase of drilling will determine the next development steps.

Linc Energy is committed to attempting to flow hydrocarbons in the Arckaringa Basin at the earliest possible opportunity and will, subject to drilling results and Board approval, look to follow up this initial 3 well program with a further 3 wells to commence this financial year. It is envisaged that if the results of these 6 wells are successful, Linc Energy will undertake a focused drilling campaign to start to unlock the significant hydrocarbon potential of this basin.

Linc Energy's research to date suggests that the conventional oil opportunities are also significant with several very good conventional oil well opportunities identified for exploration in the near future.

Peter Bond, managing director and CEO, said, “We are looking forward to unlocking the value from this world class asset and are thrilled to have the opportunity to recommence our drilling program on this remarkable asset and get on with making the Arckaringa Shale (near Coober Pedy) one of the Company’s key commercial focus points over the  coming months and years. And if you look at the comparison table below, you will see why we are so excited about this opportunity.”


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