TAG Oil Blog

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

Busy and productive day with the guys from BJ.

Posted by Kris Clark on Sep 27, 2010 10:44:00 PM
2000 horsepower pumps
Three of the five 2000 horsepower pumps we had hooked up. 10,000 HP, baby!
Command Centre
Inside the command centre, Big Gerry from Houston ran the BJ show. We're buying the whole BJ crew beers tonight.
BJ's Command Centre
BJ's command centre - fed data via satellite to HQ in Singapore, where proceedings were also monitored by BJ experts in real time.

"Big Wells Keep on Turning"….

Posted by Kris Clark on Sep 26, 2010 10:43:00 PM
Nice international E&P sector piece just came across the wire from Wellington West Research, highlighting TAG’s business and exploration model.

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

The Cardiff Deep Gas Discovery is TAG OIl's.

Posted by Kris Clark on Sep 14, 2010 10:11:00 PM
New Cardiff Site
This sign will be changing soon. This is the entrance to the Cheal "C" site, which happens to be our new Cardiff site on PMP 8156-D.

TAG Oil is now the proud holder of PMP 38156-D. It's within the same permit boundary as our PMP 38156-S, where we're producing oil and gas and developing discoveries in shallower formations. This ends the old permit split and TAG now controls 100% of all prospective formations within PMP 38156.

The Cardiff structure has been identified as a large anticlinal trap, some 12 km long by 3 km wide, with a number of potential pay zones within the Kapuni Sands Formation. Situated on trend and among several sizable deep gas/condensate discoveries including nearby landmark Kapuni and the prolific Mangahewa and Pohokura gas fields, the Cardiff gas/condensate discovery has the potential to become a substantial resource.

Gas with rich condensates was discovered at Cardiff within the upper Kapuni zone, which encountered 12m of net pay and flowed at over 3 million cubic feet and 100 barrels of condensate (light oil) per day with improving rates observed on long-term testing. This zone can be identified on 3D seismic to be a prospective target across the span of the Cardiff structure. And an even greater resource potential exists in the deeper K1A and K3E zones, where strong gas shows were encountered over a gross 600m interval. This will be a primary target in future Cardiff wells.

Topics: Announcements, PMP 38156-D, Cardiff Deep Gas

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

Welcome to TAG Oil's new blog.

Posted by Kris Clark on Sep 7, 2010 9:31:00 PM

We wanted a spot to post photos and news from the field in New Zealand, and a blog seemed like the ideal spot. We’ll do our best to keep things fresh.

Drop by to see what we're up to behind the scenes, and to see our photos from the field. We have a lot of irons in the fire as far as exploratory drilling and production, and maybe there will be another new light oil discovery in our future. At the very least we'll have a lot of great shots of heavy machinery.

Keeping the team fueled!
First order of business: lunch. Got to keep the team fueled.

Topics: Announcements