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The Journey to Waitangi Valley-1

Posted by Denise Marshall on Jul 18, 2014 4:48:00 PM

What goes into the building of a drill site? When it’s in the undeveloped East Coast Basin, even a small well pad nestled in the hills can take some infrastructure work. As always though, TAG Oil is careful to work within the landscape and keep a small footprint. Here are some photos from the field of our soon-to-be-spud Waitangi
Valley-1 well.

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A couple of locals supervise our team. 


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Prepping the well pad site for the big rig en route.

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We built a small bridge over a seasonal stream…



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…That flooded from record winter rains. No harm done.


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Conductor Pilot Hole Opener assembly, drills 17.5” hole down to a depth of 42m. Later a conductor hole is drilled to 26” size.



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Welding a “20” conductor casing that will be cemented in the 26”  hole to a depth of 42m.


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Taking in the view in the winter sun, enjoying the new fence we built.