Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd. announced Wednesday that drilling operations have successfully concluded on the Amungee NW-1H horizontal well in exploration permit EP98 in the Beetaloo Basin, Northern Territory, Australia. The well was drilled to a total measured depth of 12,493 feet (3,808 meters), including 3,609 feet (1,100 meters) horizontal section in the “B Shale” interval of the Middle Velkerri Formation, 328 feet (100 meters) more than originally planned. Results obtained to date are very encouraging.
Highlights of preliminary results from the Amungee NW-1H horizontal exploration well:
- The Amungee NW-1H well, the first horizontal well drilled in the Beetaloo basin, illustrates the advancement and acceleration of the exploration program
- Favorable shale properties extending from the Amungee NW-1 vertical well qualify the area as a prospective and laterally extensive sweet spot in the north of the Beetaloo basin
- Excellent gas shows throughout indicate the likelihood of high levels of gas saturation across the entire horizontal section
- Consistent lithology, clay mineral composition, and total gas readings recorded throughout the drilled “B Shale” section provides a very solid platform for multi-stage hydraulic fracturing planned for 2016
The Beetaloo JV Partners’ decision to target the “B Shale” interval of the Middle Velkerri Formation twelve months ahead of schedule has proved fully justified with the well successfully fulfilling all of its exploration objectives.
The Amungee NW-1H well will be cased, cemented and suspended until the performance of the multi-stage hydraulic fracturing planned for 2016.
The JV’s attention will now focus on an in-depth shale evaluation program and petrophysical analysis of all the technical data gathered on the three wells drilled to date. This includes data obtained from the first Diagnostic Fracture Injection Testing (DFIT) successfully carried out on the Kalala S-1 well earlier this month.
Rig 185 will be “warm stacked” on location in the Beetaloo basin allowing for an early commencement of the 2016 drilling program. The cost of stacking Rig 185 will be borne by Origin and Sasol with no financial impact on Falcon.
Philip O’Quigley, CEO of Falcon commented:
“This continues to be an exciting time for Falcon with continued positive developments for the Beetaloo Joint Venture. Experiencing excellent gas shows during the drilling of Amungee NW-1H demonstrates the high level of gas saturation in the entire horizontal section which is a strong indication of the potential prospectivity of our Beetaloo acreage. The stacking of rig 185 demonstrates further commitment from our JV partners Origin and Sasol, and will enable us to commence the 2016 drilling and exploration program at the earliest possible opportunity.
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