AWE Limited, as Operator of Exploration Permit 455 in the Perth Basin, Western Australia, revealed Monday that the Drover-1 exploration well commenced drilling at 21:30 (AWST) on Sunday June 29.
As at 06:00 hours (6.00am) AWST today, the well was at a measured depth of 462 feet (141 meters) and was drilling in a 12.25 inch hole to a planned depth of 2,953 feet (900 meters) in preparation for the installation of the 9.625 inch surface casing.
The Drover-1 exploration well is located on pastoral land in the Shire of Coorow, approximately 11.2 miles (18 kilometers) southeast of Green Head and 136.7 miles (220 kilometers) north of Perth.
The Drover-1 exploration well will be drilled vertically to a planned total depth of 7,874 feet (2,400 meters) and is forecast to take approximately four weeks to complete. The well is designed to test the unconventional gas potential in the southern area of AWE’s Perth Basin acreage and is targeting the Kockatea and Carynginia shale formations, the Irwin River Coal Measures and the High Cliff Sandstones. Core samples will be collected and sent for analysis before determining the next phase of activity.
The Joint Venture partners in EP455 are:
- AWE Limited (via subsidiaries) (Operator): 81.50 percent
- Titan Energy Limited: 18.50 percent