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TAG Oil Double Vision

Posted by Denise della Santina on Dec 30, 2011 1:29:00 PM

A tanker of TAG’s crude oil drives past the TAG offices, en route from the Omata Tank Farm on the outskirts of New Plymouth, where our oil gets delivered from the Cheal field. 


Topics: Taranaki, New Zealand, oil and gas production

Cheal-B5 discovery well perf photos

Posted by Denise della Santina on Dec 7, 2011 5:54:00 PM

This has been a busy and exciting couple of weeks for TAG at our Cheal permit: in less than 30 days we tested Cheal-B5 (the third well in our current 10-well drilling campaign) and got it on full time production.

We didn’t know what the results would be at the time of these photos, but after perforation we flow tested 20 meters of continuous oil-and-gas pay within the 35 meters of net pay intercepted in the primary Mt. Messenger target. This is the most extensive pay interval ever recorded by a Cheal well, and includes record porosities of up to 30% and a record 60% total gas kick encountered while drilling.

Over the five-day test period, the discovery well was naturally flowing at an average rate of 1,870 barrels of oil equivalent a day, that’s 1,700 barrels of oil and 1.0 million cubic feet of gas per day flowing through a 40/64" choke. These shots are of perfing day.

Carey Davis TAG
TAG's Carey Davis kisses the firing bar for luck.
Dropping the firing bar
Dropped the bar...
Took an hour and a half for the firing bar to drop the 1700m.
Everyone grabs something metal on the rig to feel the shots fire. It took nearly a minute-and-a-half for the firing bar to drop the 1700m.
The crew waits for a pressure response.
Guns just fired…no immediate pressure response. Big gas wells almost always give immediate pressure response. Could it be oil?
A minute after perforation, pressure starts to build.
Waiting nervously for pressure response…and a minute after perforation the pressure starts to build. We knew then the news would be good.
Mt. Messenger's B-Site expansion, making room for more B wells
B-Site expansion: making room for more B wells.

Topics: Mt. Messenger, Cheal-C site, Cheal Oil Field

Donating to the Stratford and Eltham Volunteer Fire Brigades

Posted by Kris Clark on Dec 1, 2011 7:51:00 AM

TAG Oil is proud to support the community by funding “Hot Fire Training” for the Stratford and Eltham Volunteer Fire Brigades. The training helps the volunteer brigade practice their firefighting techniques under real fire conditions at a training facility in Stratford.

They’re a tough and dedicated group, and it’s our pleasure to help them grow more accomplished in this important job. These photos from a recent training really say it all.

Stratford and Eltham Volunteer Fire Brigades Fire Brigade Hot Fire Training
Firefighting training Training techniques
TAG supports the Stratford and Eltham Volunteer Fire Brigades Stratford and Eltham Volunteer Fire Brigades Hot Fire Training

Topics: Taranaki, New Zealand