TAG Oil Blog

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

Strong results at Sidewinder-1 flow test.

Posted by Kris Clark on Nov 1, 2010 11:09:00 PM
A thing of beauty!
It’s a thing of beauty!

Done with our 10-day sustained Sidewinder-1 production test and it’s all good. We drilled to a depth of 1601m and encountered 14 meters of net (22m gross) oil and gas bearing sandstones.

We achieved stabilized flow rates of 8.5 million cubic feet of gas plus 44 barrels of oil per day for a total of 1461 barrels of oil equivalent (“BOE”) per day, with a flowing tubing pressure of 940 psi. The 4-Point Isochronal test indicated a tubing restricted maximum gas flow rate of 13 million cubic feet per day (2167 BOE’s/day).

This may be a flow rate record from the Mt. Messenger Formation. Better still, we’ve ID’d several other lookalike prospects to drill within the permit, many accessible from the same Sidewinder surface location. Time to commercialize this discovery and initiate oil and gas production.

Topics: Mt. Messenger, Announcements, Sidewinder Discovery, drilling

Sidewinder continues to impress.

Posted by Kris Clark on Oct 19, 2010 4:21:00 PM
Sidewinder gas-flare
Gorgeous Sidewinder gas-flare photos are still pouring in.

Topics: Sidewinder Discovery

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

We should be working over Cheal-B3 by tomorrow if not earlier.

Posted by Kris Clark on Sep 20, 2010 10:27:00 PM
The servicing rig
The Service rig chugging up our road as it makes its way onto TAG’s lease.
BH-1 Conductor and surface hole
The Cheal-BH-1 conductor and surface hole (250m), waiting for the NRG Rover to move on-site. Behind that you can see Cheal-B3 awaiting Ensign.
BJ-s boys
BJ's boys (Houston-based crew just arrived from Algeria) scoping out the Cheal-B site before moving in their gear.
Cheal-B site gates
Ensign 6 service rig arrives from Sidewinder, to the Cheal-B site gates.

Topics: Mt. Messenger, Cheal Oil Field, Sidewinder Discovery

Sidewinder day 8, great photos from Drew in the field.

Posted by Kris Clark on Sep 19, 2010 10:20:00 PM
NRG Rover
NRG Rover, and a rare break in the clouds.
Driller and assistant driller
Driller and assistant driller talking over.
The flare pit
The flare pit…that tree behind it is getting nervous!

Topics: Sidewinder Discovery, drilling

Operations have begun!

Posted by Kris Clark on Sep 13, 2010 11:19:00 PM
Taranaki operations underway
The cranes haul the derrick up.
Art shot of the derrick
Here’s our art shot of the derrick on its side.
Up she goes...
And up she goes.
Jack, Steve and Paul talk logistics
Jack, Steve and Paul take a minute to work on logistics.

Topics: Sidewinder Discovery, drilling

Taranaki oil and gas exploratory & development drilling gets started.

Posted by Kris Clark on Sep 8, 2010 9:42:00 PM

We just announced the next phase in TAG's Taranaki program: exploratory and horizontal development drilling, and workover operations within our Sidewinder exploration and Cheal oil discovery acreage.

Sidewinder is one of several prospects identified on permit-wide 3D seismic; we can’t wait to see what it yields. Simultaneously, a service rig will begin more optimization work on two wells within the Cheal Mining Permit.

Lots of work and excitement ahead.

Tons of rain
Tons of rain but our roads and lease are in great shape.
Carlos' trailer
Operations central...doesn’t look like much.

Topics: Announcements, PMP 38156-D, Cheal Oil Field, Sidewinder Discovery, drilling