Harriet JV Encounters Difficulties with Remus-1 Well

The Remus-1 oil discovery well which spudded on April 12, 2005 was plugged and abandoned late on April 16th after drilling difficulties prevented the planned completion of the well as a producer. The well is located Permit TL/6 offshore Australia.

The Remus-1 exploration well intersected a thin, oil filled sandstone reservoir that was planned to be completed while the rig was on location. No oil water contact was encountered at the base of the oil column with oil down to a base seal. A similar thin oil filled sandstone reservoir was also intersected in the previously drilled well Romulus-1 which Tap interprets could be connected and could be the edge of a larger stratigraphic trend. Further work will be carried out to analyze the oil sand intersected in both wells and to consider additional drilling options to further evaluate and optimally develop the oil discovery.

Meanwhile the drilling rig has moved to another slot on the South Plato Platform to drill the Plato-2 well. This is a new addition to the well program to be optimally drilled from the same platform while on location, which will afford time to evaluate the drilling results of the Romulus-1 and Remus-1 wells.

TL/6 Joint Venture participants are Apache as operator with 68.5%; Kufpec with 19.2771% and Tap with 12.2229%.

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