New Zealand East Coast gas finds spur seismic

The first hydrocarbon discoveries in New Zealand's nonproducing East Coast basin are giving way to several seismic surveys in the region. Seismic data acquired over onshore PEP 38328 have confirmed the Maimai, Scinde Island, and Haumoana prospects near Hawke Bay and identified several new exploration leads, said Trans-Orient Petroleum Ltd., Vancouver, B.C., a unit of Iremco. PEP 38328 is south of two gas discoveries drilled earlier this year by Westech Energy Corp., Denver, and Enerco New Zealand Ltd., Auckland, near Wairoa on PEP 38329 area (see map, OGJ, May 18, 1998, p. 78). PEP 38328 contains buried coquina limestone masses as well as the deeper sandstones, Trans-...

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