Apache spuds Fiddich-1 well off Western Australia

By OGJ editors

HOUSTON, Dec. 7 -- Apache Northwest Pty. Ltd., Perth, has spudded the Fiddich-1 exploration well on Permit WA-226-P off Western Australia on behalf of a group headed by license operator Origin Energy Ltd., Perth. Apache is the well operator.

The Sedco 703 semisubmersible rig is drilling the well to test a Permian sandstone prospect thought to have potential to hold as much as 240 million bbl of oil in place.

WA-226-P participants are Origin Energy 28.75%; Apache 28.75%, Dana Petroleum PLC, Aberdeen, 20 %; Voyager Energy Ltd., Perth, 10%; Roc Oil Ltd., Sydney, 7.5%; and Wandoo Petroleum Pty. Ltd. 5%.

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