Area Drilling

AustraliaRenewed testing at the LMG03 coalbed methane well in the Gloucester basin resulted in a peak flow rate of 537 Mcfd, said Molopo Australia Ltd., Melbourne.The lowermost target seam is at 405 m at the well, on the 5 sq km Stratford prospect on a 1,050 sq km permit in New South Wales 100 km north of Newcastle. Lucas Coal Seam Gas (Pty.) Ltd. is operator with 70% interest, and Molopo has 30%.The rate of more than 400 Mcfd after reduced pumping to dewater is far above the threshold for a commercial project if sustained and repeated, Molopo said.The companies are drilling LMGC1 at 258 m. It has intersected several anticipated thin seams and thick tuffaceous intervals marking the Craven...

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