Beach drills four successful Cooper basin wells

Beach Energy Ltd., Adelaide, has cased and suspended as future oil producers four wells in the Cooper basin in South Australia’s Western Flank region. The wells are in permit PEL 91.

The exploration wells Kalladeina-2, Sceale-1, and Congony-1 encountered gross oil columns with thicknesses of 8 m, 6 m, and 6 m, respectively. These columns are within the Jurassic-age McKinlay/Namur formation reservoirs.

All three were drill-stem tested. Kalladeina flowed at 986 bo/d, Sceale at 830 bo/d, and Congony at 41 bo/d.

Meanwhile, a tenth well drilled in Bauer oil field struck an 11-m oil column.

Beach believes the four wells could add 1 million bbl of oil to its portfolio.

The company attributes much of this recent success to the acquisition of 3D seismic in the region that had doubled the company’s success rate to 50%.

Also, an agreement with the South Australian Cooper joint venture has enabled Beach to pump more crude through the trunkline to Moomba processing facilities. Beach now sends 10,000 bo/d from its Western Flank fields through the line.

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