Shell Todd To Drill Offshore Well Patea-1 from an Onshore Location

Shell Todd Oil Services has confirmed plans to drill into the offshore Kaheru prospect early next year from an onshore site in south Taranaki. STOS is to drill the deviated Patea-1 well for PEP 38737 partners Shell (Petroleum Mining) Company Ltd and Todd Petroleum Mining Company Ltd from a coastal site in adjacent license PEP 38760, awarded 100% to Todd in the latest Taranaki permitting round.

STOS general manager Chris Beath said the well would be deviated up to 1.5km from the coast into the PEP 38737 license. STOS said a conventional well from the same wellsite was also planned in the Todd Petroleum's PEP 38760 permit. Australian firm Western Geco early this year shot about 120km of 2D inshore seismic, which ran up to 10km off the small coastal town of Patea, in preparation for the Kaheru drilling program.

Both permits are on-trend with or adjacent to the eastern margin trend, the prospectivity of which has been established by the more northerly onshore Rimu and Kauri discoveries.