AWE spuds Senecio-3 appraisal well in permits L1/L2 in Perth basin


AWE spuds Senecio-3 appraisal well in permits L1/L2 in Perth basin

NORTH SYDNEY, Australia -- AWE Limited (AWE), as Operator of Permits L1/L2 in the Perth Basin, Western Australia, reported that the Senecio-3 appraisal well commenced drilling on, 4 August 2014.

On August 5, 2014, the well was at a measured depth of 534m and was drilling in a 12 ¼ inch hole to a planned depth of 1,155 m in preparation for the installation of the 9 5/8 inch surface casing.

The Senecio-3 well will be drilled vertically to a planned total depth of 2,783 m and is forecast to take approximately five weeks to complete. The well is designed to test the unconventional gas potential in the western side of the Senecio reservoir and is targeting the Dongara and Wagina tight sandstone formation. Core samples will be collected and sent for analysis and AWE will not conduct hydraulic fracture stimulation on Senecio-3 at this stage.

If the results are positive, AWE anticipates commencing the approvals process for the first phase of the Senecio unconventional gas field development. The Senecio-3 well could potentially be re-completed as a production well in a future field development.

The Senecio-3 appraisal well is located on agricultural land approximately 14.5 kms east of Dongara, Western Australia, and 7km from the operating Dongara gas plant.

The Joint Venture partners in L1/L2 are: AWE Limited (via subsidiaries) (Operator) 50.0% and Origin Energy Resources Limited 50.0%.

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