Santos discovers gas in Australia

Santos Ltd., Adelaide, Thursday announced a gas discovery in the Queensland sector of the Cooper basin, 135 km south of the Ballera Gas Center. The wildcat, Quasar-1, has the fourth highest flow rate found in southwest Queensland.


By the OGJ Online Staff


HOUSTON, Mar. 22�Santos Ltd, Adelaide, Thursday announced a gas discovery in the Queensland sector of the Cooper basin, 135 km south of the Ballera Gas Center.

The wildcat, Quasar-1, had a high flow rate of 10.8 MMcfd, the fourth highest recorded in southwest Queensland.

Ellice Flint, Santos managing director, said, "It is the fastest gas wildcat drilled to date, with drilling time of 7.8 days compared with 9 days for the previous fastest well."

The well flowed gas to surface in 4 min from the Patchawarra sand at 2317-34 m through a 13-mm (0.5-in.) surface choke. The indicative net pay for the well is 26 m.

The well will be connected to a proposed pipeline that would connect Chiron field with the Cooper basin gas-gathering system.

Santos is the operator with 60.06% interest. Other partners are Delhi Petroleum Pty. Ltd., 23.2%, Origin Energy Ltd., 16.5%, and Novus Australia Resources NL, 0.24%.

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