New Zealand to see more dirlling in East Coast basin

Exploratory drilling is to start soon in land and offshore portions of New Zealand's East Coast basin, whose first discovery came in 1998.The joint venture led by Westech Energy New Zealand Ltd. and Orion Exploration Ltd. is to drill its first offshore well early in 2001 south of Hawke Bay on the east coast of the north island. Tawatawa-1, 12 km south of Cape Turnagain in PEP 38333, is to go to 1,700 m in 200 m of water to evaluate Miocene sands.New Zealand Crown Minerals, Wellington, said the drilling location is 12 km northeast of Titihaoa-1, a wildcat Amoco (NZ) Exploration drilled in 1994 targeting a different structure off the Wairarapa coast.Meanwhile, Pancontinental Oil & Gas N...

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