Woodside Prepares to Case Somerset 1 Offshore Tasmania

Origin Energy, as a participant in the T/34P Joint Venture, advised that on Thursday, October 22, 2009 the Somerset 1 well is at 1,284m and the current operation is preparing to cement the 13 3/8" casing. The well commenced drilling at 11:30 hours EDT on Monday, October 19, 2009. The well is being drilled using the Ocean Patriot semisub.

Somerset 1 is located in exploration permit T/34P, operated by Woodside Energy Ltd some 17km southwest of the Thylacine gas field.
Somerset 1 is planned as a vertical well.

Water depth at the Somerset 1 location is 503m. Planned total depth of the well is 3,305mTVDSS. The primary objectives are sandstones within the Late Cretaceous Sherbrook Group. The well will be plugged and abandoned after the evaluation program is completed.

T/34P Participating Interests:

  • Woodside Energy Ltd 51.55% (Operator)
  • Origin Energy Resources Ltd* 30.75%
  • CalEnergy Resources (Australia) Ltd 5.0%
  • Benaris Exploration (Otway) Pty Ltd 12.7%