ESSO-BHP TESTS 6,640 B/D OF OIL OFF AUSTRALIA

A combine of Esso Australia Ltd. and BHP Petroleum Pty. Ltd. has scored a success with the final well in its 1992 exploratory/appraisal drilling program in the Bass Strait off southern Australia. Esso-BHP's 2 Blackback step-out flowed 6,640 b/d of oil and 7.88 MMcfd of gas through a 1 in. choke from a 5 1/2 m interval at the top of the Tertiary Latrobe sandstone, the main reservoir sand in Bass Strait. The well was drilled on Vic P/24 permit in about 400 m of water 85 off Victoria state

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