AWE fracs Carynginia shale in onshore Perth basin

AWE Ltd., Sydney, said it is recovering fluids and gas after successful fracs of two shale zones at the Woodada Deep-1 well in Australia’s onshore Perth basin.

AWE, with 100% interest, ran fracs on the Permian Middle Carynginia shale at 2,370-2,425 m and

the Permian Upper Carynginia shale at 2,283-2,330 m. Nitrogen lift is in use.

Measurement of gas flow rates will not be possible until clean-up and flowback of the well has been completed, which is expected in the next week, the company said. The plan is to continue clean-up and flowback, collect gas samples for analysis, and measure production data.

The company noted that the results indicate that the Carynginia can be fracture stimulated and gas can be recovered from the shale but that it is too soon to assess commercial potential.

AWE has said it has a large leasehold in the basin underlain by the Carynginia, Triassic Cockatea, and Permian Irwin River prospective shale units below 2,500 m. The company noted an estimated 13-20 tcf of gas in place in the Middle Carynginia.

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