Area Drilling

AustraliaExplorers are close to final approval to drill an extended-reach exploratory well from land to evaluate an offshore prospect in the Exmouth sub-basin of the Carnarvon basin.A group led by Victoria Petroleum NL, Perth, is to drill White Opal-1 on 1,093-sq-km EP 325. The block lies mostly offshore along Northwest Cape and southwest of Barrow Island.The 9,500-ft wildcat, to spud in March, is to evaluate a Triassic prospect interpreted by previous operator Mobil. Drill pad is on the US Holt Naval Base. The project outlasted 4 years of environmental challenge.CubaPetrobras International SA's Brasoil is to begin exploratory drilling later this year on 3,000-sq-km Block L off the no...

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