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Kris Clark

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Check out our new home.

Posted by Kris Clark on Apr 28, 2011 5:11:00 PM

TAG’s new field office is making quite a splash in New Plymouth…mostly good…. Why not have a little fun, right?

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Topics: Taranaki, New Zealand, Technical team

Third time’s a charm…Sidewinder oil and gas discovery does it again.

Posted by Kris Clark on Apr 5, 2011 6:29:00 PM
Sidewinder-3
The rig is a thing of beauty against heavy grey clouds.

PEP 38748 and Mt. Messenger do it again…the Company just announced that Sidewinder-3 is confirmed as a light oil and gas discovery. It’s been a busy couple of days: we drilled to 2160 meters about 1 km south of our Sidewinder-1 discovery, targeting a large anomaly ID’d on 3-D seismic. We encountered 15.4 meters of net oil-and-gas-bearing sandstones in the primary Sidewinder zone, including "free oil" observed over the shakers during the drilling operation.

With each new well we can more accurately calibrate our 3-D data set and better understand the geology of our acreage. In particular, Sidewinder-3 has shown that the Mt. Messenger Formation reservoir sands extend significantly to the south of the original Sidewinder discoveries, and hydrocarbons appear to have migrated into all potentially producing sands encountered to date. Good news for both near-term development and future exploration.

No time to rest on our laurels, it’s time to get busy on the Sidewinder-4 exploration well off to the east.

Topics: Mt. Messenger, Announcements, Sidewinder Discovery, PEP 38748

Saluting some of the TAG New Zealand team

Posted by Kris Clark on Mar 23, 2011 3:32:00 AM

You’re all rock stars!

Carey Davis
Carey Davis, B.Sc, M.Sc Pet. Geol. Exploration & New Ventures Manager
 
Carlos Kazianis
Carlos Kazianis, New Zealand Operations Manager
Jack Doyle
Jack Doyle, Petroleum Engineer

Topics: Technical team

We’re on a roll.

Posted by Kris Clark on Mar 14, 2011 4:57:00 PM
Sidewinder-2
The guys are dirty but having a good time.

The sidetracked Sidewinder-2 well in PEP 38748 is confirmed as a multi-zone, light oil and gas discovery. We drilled to 1597 meters and hit 47 meters of net oil-and-gas-bearing sandstones, including "free oil" observed over the shakers during drilling…that means multiple potential pay zones. Electric log data shows excellent reservoir qualities, and better yet, even though this well has intersected and extended the main Sidewinder-1 discovery zone, we’ve also got five separate new oil-and-gas-charged pay zones, both above and below the primary target. Busy times ahead.

Topics: Mt. Messenger, Announcements, Sidewinder Discovery, PEP 38748

Another light oil discovery at Cheal.

Posted by Kris Clark on Mar 3, 2011 4:38:00 PM
Cheal Formation Diagram
We put this cross section together illustrating the formations we’re intersecting, including Urenui, Mt. Messenger and Moki.

PEP 38156 (PMP 38156) came through. We drilled Cheal-B4ST to a total depth of 1810 meters, encountering 17 meters of net oil-bearing sandstones within the Urenui and Mt. Messenger Formations. Electric logs show great porosity and permeability, indicating four separate zones are likely to be oil-charged. Two of the four zones intersected are oil-bearing zones never before encountered in wells within this permit…demonstrating that the whole 7500-acre permit area is oil-prone, with multiple shallow horizons prospective for discovery.

Now it’s on to flow testing and the rest of the planned wells in our Taranaki Basin acreage.

Topics: exploration well, Mt. Messenger, Urenui, Announcements, PMP 38156-D, Cheal Oil Field

Preparations for Cheal-B4ST are in full swing

Posted by Kris Clark on Feb 14, 2011 4:03:00 AM
multi-phase frac
These are the actual balls we used for our multi-phase frac - forgot I had this photo on the camera

Permit 38156 is a hive of activity as we lay the groundwork for the new Cheal well. Cheal-B4 was suspended by its previous operator back in 2006…we're eager to see if our tests bear out as we think they will based on our data.

 

 

 

 

Topics: exploration well, PMP 38156-D, Cheal Oil Field

Sidewinder-2 began drilling today.

Posted by Kris Clark on Feb 7, 2011 4:35:00 PM

As we start drilling Sidewinder-2, we’re hoping to encounter results similar to Sidewinder-1. One well at a time; only time will tell for sure. But we have confidence in our seismic, our New Zealand field team and recent oil and gas discoveries.

Sidewinder-2

Topics: Mt. Messenger, Sidewinder Discovery, PEP 38748

Phase II ends and Phase III begins.

Posted by Kris Clark on Jan 19, 2011 11:29:00 PM

Some pictures from the prep work for Phase 3 North Island Taranaki Basin ops, covering Cheal, Cardiff and Sidewinder.

Cheal-BH-1
Temporary pipe work at Cheal-BH-1—already our best well at Cheal—waiting on 225m of perfs.
Old Cardiff 2A wellhead
The old Cardiff 2A wellhead. Doesn’t look like much but there's gas down there.
 InterDrill rig
InterDrill rig at Sidewinder, ready to drill 3 more 25m conductor holes: Sidewinder-2, 3, and possibly 4

Topics: Mt. Messenger, Urenui, PMP 38156-D, Cheal Oil Field, Sidewinder Discovery, Cardiff Deep Gas, PEP 38748

The Sidewinder site: Prepped

Posted by Kris Clark on Jan 9, 2011 11:25:00 PM
Sidewinder lease
Here's a shot of the Sidewinder permit being prepared for future drilling.
Room for the production station
A TAG truck in the foreground and Mt. Taranaki behind the trees. 

Topics: PMP 38156-D, oil and gas production, Sidewinder Discovery

Mt. Messenger’s first horizontal oil well gets exciting results.

Posted by Kris Clark on Jan 5, 2011 11:21:00 PM

We’ve tested a conservative range of low draw-down configurations at Cheal BH-1, with production rates from 400 to 500 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) per day. Predominantly oil with no water, just how we like it.

We’ll keep testing the full production capabilities of Cheal-BH-1 with the goal of optimizing daily flow rates and maximizing long-term reserve recovery, but this alone is great news.

Cheal-BH-1 Cheal B3

Topics: Mt. Messenger, Announcements, PMP 38156-D, Cheal Oil Field, drilling