TAG Oil Blog

Sidewinder-4…another oil and gas strike.

Posted by Kris Clark on May 6, 2011 5:16:00 PM
Sidewinder-2

Fortunately, this kind of news never gets old. The Mt. Messenger sandstones and PEP 38748 continue to pay off.

The interpreted total hydrocarbon column at TAG's Sidewinder discovery now exceeds 60 meters in thickness, with no water column evident in any of the Sidewinder wells.

The Sidewinder-4 well, sidetracked to a location down-dip of Sidewinder-3, targeted a fault-bounded 3-D anomaly which intercepted a gross 29 meter-thick sandstone reservoir. Total depth is 1410 meters with 19 meters of net oil-and-gas-charged sandstones; electric logs indicate hydrocarbon charge to the base of the sandstone. Free oil was observed over the shakers during the drilling operation from the target zone, and consistent with all of the Sidewinder wells drilled to date, the oil-and-gas-charged sandstones encountered in Sidewinder-4 have excellent porosity and permeability.

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

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

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

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

Light oil discovery at Sidewinder.

Posted by Kris Clark on Sep 28, 2010 10:51:00 PM
Cementing our surface casing
Cementing our surface casing

We're quite pleased to see the results of our new light oil discovery. We drilled to a depth of 1,610 meters and hit 14 meters of net sandstone pay in the Mt. Messenger Formation. The well tested at a stabilized rate of 8.5 mmcf/d plus 44 bbl/d of oil for a total 1,461 boe/d.

And electric logs indicate excellent reservoir qualities, with average porosities of 22.5% and oil saturations of 60%.

We’ll do further testing with a couple delineation wells down-dip from the crest of the structure. Also looking at options to tie in the well…maybe build a 3 kilometre pipeline to a Vector-operated 26” trunk line. But all in all, a very exciting day for all of us here at TAG.

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

Sidewinder-1 and Cheal-B3 operations going strong.

Posted by Kris Clark on Sep 21, 2010 10:38:00 PM

 

Cheal B3
Cheal-B3, now disconnected from all flow lines and ready for Ensign 6 to move over top. Note protective metal cages over B2 and B1, behind B3.
Prepping the drill
Prepping to drill out the main hole at Sidewinder-1

Topics: Mt. Messenger, Cheal Oil Field, Sidewinder Discovery, drilling, PEP 38748