Hess has its second gas find in Carnarvon basin

Hess Corp. has made a second discovery—this time with its Briseis-1 wildcat—on permit WA-309-P in the Carnarvon basin off Western Australia.

Rick Wilkinson
OGJ Correspondent

MELBOURNE, July 23 -- Hess Corp. has made a second discovery—this time with its Briseis-1 wildcat—on permit WA-309-P in the Carnarvon basin off Western Australia.

The well, drilled by the Jack Bates semisubmersible in 1,118 m of water, has intersected a 46 m net gas pay zone.

Hess's previous well in the permit, Glencoe-1 drilled 2 months ago, recorded a 28 m net gas pay.

The company has scheduled four wells in the permit this year, with the next location to be Nimblefoot-1 some 25 km southwest of Briseis-1.

The results so far are beginning to vindicate Hess' record 16-well work program bid for the permit during the gazettal process last year. The company retains a 100% interest.

WA-309-P is adjacent to the Chevron group's Jansz-Io fields and west of the same group's Gorgon field.

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