TAG Oil Blog

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

Construction update.

Posted by Kris Clark on Jun 30, 2011 12:05:00 AM

Piling and foundation work is well underway on the Sidewinder Production Facility. The separators, exchanger and coalescer are being built and tested in a shop in town, then we ship everything out to the site to weld it together. At the same time we’re building the 8” pipeline from the actual Sidewinder site about 3.3km’s away to tie into a major gas pipeline. When we attach the pipeline to the plant, we’ll be ready to produce.

TAG Oil pipeline TAG Oil pipeline in progress
We have a little more than 1700 m of our pipeline in the ground, and are on our way up the easy portion of the track to the Vector tie-in point.
 
TAG Oil Sidewinder Production Facility gas coalescer hydrotest in progress
The facility piling goes in, and in town, we run the gas coalescer hydrotest.

Topics: pipeline, oil and gas production, Sidewinder Discovery

TAG gets a substantial oil and gas reserve increase from Sproule.

Posted by Kris Clark on May 18, 2011 12:17:00 AM

Sproule International Limited, one of Canada’s largest independent petroleum engineering consulting companies, has released an assessment of TAG’s reserves in the Cheal Mining Permit and Sidewinder Exploration Permit increasing our probable reserve substantially.

After considering 2011 production, the 1,677,000 BOE in proved and probable reserves represents a 221% increase over their March 2010 reserve assessment.

Due to fiscal year-end 2011 cut-offs and the timing of April and May Sidewinder ops, the reserves relate primarily to the Cheal oil and gas field. Sidewinder’s reserve assessment was completed with information related only to the Sidewinder-1 well, and doesn’t (yet) include the now-completed Sidewinder-2, Sidewinder-3 and Sidewinder-4 wells. We think this just means more good news for the future.

The assessment of reserves has assigned net proved and probable reserves remaining of 1,360,000 barrels of oil (2010 = 651,000 bbls) and 1,864 mmcf of associated gas (2010 = 258 mmcf). This reserves report, on a 2P basis, amounts to 1,677,000 barrels of oil equivalent assessed in a reserves area covering just 475 acres of the 7,487-acre Cheal permit and just 107 acres of the 7,910-acre Sidewinder permit.

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Topics: Announcements, Cheal Oil Field, oil and gas production, Sidewinder Discovery

750 barrels a day…and that’s just the beginning.

Posted by Kris Clark on May 9, 2011 12:21:00 AM
TAG Oil PMP 38156 Cheal oil and gas field

TAG Oil’s PMP 38156 Cheal oil and gas field is producing about 750 barrels of oil equivalent a day…so far. That’s just 4 out of the 9 flowing wells, from the relatively shallow Mt. Messenger and Urenui Formations, with a lot more drilling operations and completion work still to go.

With proven and probable (2P) reserves presently assigned to only ~5% of the total Cheal Mining Permit acreage, the Cheal Mining Permit has some solid reserve and production growth potential. Especially if you look at how lightly explored the area is, and the number of perspective producer formations we still have to go at depths of 1400 to 4000 meters.

And owning our own oil and gas production infrastructure at Cheal allows TAG to control the timing of operations in case we want to fast-track any production arising from additional successes. There’s a lot of work ahead, but all in all it’s a good spot to be in.

Topics: Mt. Messenger, Urenui, Cheal Oil Field, oil and gas production

Sidewinder oil discovery flow test preparations.

Posted by Kris Clark on May 7, 2011 5:26:00 PM

Prepping to commence flow testing of Sidewinder-2, Sidewinder-3 and Sidewinder-4 wells in a few weeks’ time. And we keep cranking on the Sidewinder Production Station for its anticipated completion by mid-year.

Topics: oil and gas production, Sidewinder Discovery

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

We just broke Cheal’s production volume record!

Posted by Kris Clark on Dec 12, 2010 11:15:00 PM

Between Cheal-BH-1 testing strong and hitting the highest daily oil and gas production volume in Cheal’s history due to workover operations, we’re having a pretty good month. Plus it’s summer down here……

Cardiff-2

Topics: PMP 38156-D, Cheal Oil Field, oil and gas production