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Cheal Oil & Gas Production Facility upgrades: well underway

Posted by Denise della Santina on Aug 27, 2012 10:29:00 AM

We finally have some great new shots to share from the Cheal Gas & Oil Production Facility, showing infrastructure upgrades in process, underway, and already hooked up and running. We're working hard to free up all that behind-pipe oil and gas, and improve long-term efficiency.

Gas meter at Cheal plant showing 110% of rated gas capacity presently flowing

Gas meter at Cheal plant showing 110% of rated gas capacity presently flowing…we've OD'd the old system.

Newly installed power fluid pump, which doubles our oil lifting capacity at Cheal

Newly installed power fluid pump, which doubles our oil lifting capacity at Cheal. 

Nova-1 completing Cheal A-12 with Cheal A9, A10, and A11 in the foreground

Nova-1 completing Cheal A-12 with Cheal A9, A10, and A11 in the foreground, awaiting facility completion "oil behind pipe."


Addition to electrical room for Cheal expansion

Addition to electrical room for Cheal expansion. Had to add a 5'
extension to this building to house all the new electrical panels; everything from the ladders down is new. 

Webster Drilling crew pressure testing BOP's on Nova-1 before perforating Cheal A12, to ensure it’s able to control the flow

Webster Drilling crew pressure testing BOP's on Nova-1 before perforating Cheal A12, to ensure it’s able to control the flow. 

Cheal A-Site expansion

Cheal A-Site expansion. This is where the new gas processing facility will sit. The Plant is being built in Alberta and shipped to Cheal direct, to ensure the highest standards in the industry. 

High Voltage Power upgrade at Cheal A-Site

High Voltage Power upgrade at Cheal A-Site. All part of increasing oil and gas capacity so we have the power we need to run pumps, compressors, etc. 

presently burning 2500 liters of diesel /day with this rented genset with diesel tank

Here’s our temporary power arrangement until the power upgrade is finished. We’re presently burning 2500 liters of diesel /day with this rented genset with diesel tank. 

Variable speed drives (VSD's) that power our two electric submersible pumps (ESP's) at Cheal B-5 and B-7

From the Cheal B-Site: Variable speed drives (VSD's) that power our two electric submersible pumps (ESP's) at Cheal B-5 and B-7. These are now running! 

Cheal B6

Cheal B6 - looking lonely with a great oil zone "behind pipe" awaiting tie-in once facility expansion is complete. 

Cheal B-5 temp hook-up with ESP

Cheal B-5 temp hook-up with ESP is also now running. We'll keep it flowing until we have to shut it in, to tie it in permanently to the Plant. 

A line of lonely wells, all with oil "behind pipe" awaiting the expansion project completion

A line of lonely wells, all with oil "behind pipe" awaiting the expansion project completion. 

Cement troughs, which will bury the tie-ins at B-Site underground. Ready to be trenched in this month.

Cement troughs, which will bury the tie-ins at B-Site underground. Ready to be trenched in this month. 

Our "Staedtler Units": compact separators built in Staedtler, Alberta, one will be used at Cheal A-8 to send gas to our power generation project

Our "Staedtler Units": compact separators built in Staedtler, Alberta, one will be used at Cheal A-8 to send gas to our power generation project. 

Cheal C-Site

(Top) Cheal C-Site…we’re stealing some gas from C-2.

 

(Right) Inside the Staedtler Unit…built Canadian winter tough! 

Inside the Staedtler Unit

More "Behind Pipe" wells at Cheal C-Site. This is Cheal C-3 in front of Ensign Rig #6 which is completing Cheal C-4

More "Behind Pipe" wells at Cheal C-Site. This is Cheal C-3 in front of Ensign Rig #6 which is completing Cheal C-4. Both will be ready to be tied in shortly. 

Installing BOP's on Ensign #6

Installing BOP's on Ensign #6. 

Topics: Cheal Production Facility

Tracking TAG Oil’s production, development and infrastructure

Posted by Denise della Santina on Mar 8, 2012 7:52:00 AM

We put together a simple table to bring you up to speed on TAG’s Taranaki Basin oil and gas producing and drilling activity. The table includes producing oil and gas wells, wells in development (some awaiting workover operations as well as improvements in production infrastructure, to bring additional production that’s currently sitting behind pipe, on-stream), and our next condensate targets to be drilled. Status will change quickly, but here’s a snapshot of how TAG Oil's drilling and workover program stands now.

Taranaki Shallow Drilling and Workover Program

Cheal A

A1

Behind pipe awaiting infrastructure expansion

 

A2

Waterflood workover

 

A3X

Producing

 

A4

Waterflood workover

 

A7

Behind pipe awaiting workover

 

A8

Behind pipe awaiting infrastructure expansion,

 

A9

Drilled, awaiting test

 

A10

Drilled, awaiting test

 

A11

To be drilled

 

A12

To be drilled

Cheal B

BH1

Producing

 

B1

Behind pipe awaiting workover to initiate Urenui Production

 

B2

Behind pipe awaiting workover to initiate Urenui Production

 

B3

Producing

 

B4ST

Producing

 

B5

Flowing 800 to 1300 bbls/day

 

B6

Testing

 

B7

Flowing 800 to 1075 bbls/day

Cheal C

C1

Producing; oil being trucked to the Cheal Production Station

 

C2

Excellent flow test results, behind pipe awaiting workover

 

C3

To be drilled

 

C4

To be drilled

Sidewinder 

SW1 - SW4

 

Producing 2 to 3 million cubic feet of gas per day (350–500 boe/day), and 30 to 50 barrels of light oil / day. Permanent tie-in completed. Anticipate 8 to 10 million cubic feet of gas per day once compression installed.

 

SW5

To be drilled

 

SW6

To be drilled

Topics: Cheal Production Facility, exploration well, Mt. Messenger, Urenui, Taranaki, Cheal-C site, Sidewinder Production Facility, Cheal Oil Field, Sidewinder Discovery, drilling

Keeping infrastructure apace with oil and gas discoveries

Posted by Denise della Santina on Mar 6, 2012 11:16:00 AM

Cheal Production FacilityTAG Oil’s drilling success has surpassed its facility capabilities, so we’re investing in infrastructure expansion to help us bring all production on stream. The expansion will also help to commercialize future discoveries without delay.

After drilling 14 successful oil and gas wells in a row, combined with our ongoing Taranaki drilling program, it became necessary to expand Cheal’s infrastructure, including:

  • Triple oil-lifting capacity;
  • Triple gas compression capacity;
  • Build a gas plant at Cheal capable of stripping LPG and liquid hydrocarbons from Cheal gas;
  • Build the Cheal-C site oil battery to establish permanent production from recent Cheal-C discoveries, as well as allow for future development;
  • Add new pipelines to tie the Cheal-C site to the Cheal-A site and add a new 6,000 meter pipeline from Cheal to New Zealand’s open access gas transmission line to maximize marketability of TAG’s gas production;
  • Establish TAG as a third-party gas processor in Taranaki.

Topics: Cheal Production Facility, Cheal-C site, Cheal Oil Field, third-party gas processor

TAG Oil's tanker trucks head out in New Zealand.

Posted by Denise della Santina on Aug 12, 2011 7:14:00 AM
Our new fleet of TAG Oil petroleum transport trucks
We're pretty chuffed with our new fleet of TAG Oil petroleum transport trucks... what more is there to say?
Loading up at Cheal, with a rare valley snow behind.
Loading up at Cheal, with a rare valley snow behind.

Topics: Cheal Production Facility, oil and gas production

Winter scenes from Cheal.

Posted by Denise della Santina on Aug 7, 2011 1:30:00 PM

Though it's winter in New Zealand, snowfall is still rare on the valley floor. Except for a few snowballs, it doesn't slow down work at the Cheal drill-site or Production Facility.

Snow at the Production Facility Snow in July
Ensign 6 service rig at the Cheal-C1 well, tests the multiple oil and gas bearing zones amidst a rare snowfall. Cheal oil and gas field production station with The first ever snow on-site Cheal oil and gas field production station.

Topics: Cheal Production Facility, Cheal Oil Field

Cheal Facility expands to help accommodate BOE from new wells.

Posted by Kris Clark on Jul 20, 2011 12:16:00 AM

To accomodate the new wells TAG Oil has drilled in the last 9 months, we’re expanding the capabilities of the artificial lift systems at the Cheal Production Facility. We’re producing about 1000 barrels of oil equivalent a day now, with approximately 350 barrels of oil equivalent per day that is shutin, awaiting completion of the expansion. That work should be done by September.

View of Mt. Taranaki from TAG Oil's Cheal-C site
Great view of Mt. Taranaki from Cheal-C.
 

Topics: Cheal Production Facility, oil and gas production