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Tracking TAG Oil’s production, development and infrastructure

Posted by Denise della Santina on Mar 8, 2012 7:52:00 AM

We put together a simple table to bring you up to speed on TAG’s Taranaki Basin oil and gas producing and drilling activity. The table includes producing oil and gas wells, wells in development (some awaiting workover operations as well as improvements in production infrastructure, to bring additional production that’s currently sitting behind pipe, on-stream), and our next condensate targets to be drilled. Status will change quickly, but here’s a snapshot of how TAG Oil's drilling and workover program stands now.

Taranaki Shallow Drilling and Workover Program

Cheal A


Behind pipe awaiting infrastructure expansion



Waterflood workover






Waterflood workover



Behind pipe awaiting workover



Behind pipe awaiting infrastructure expansion,



Drilled, awaiting test



Drilled, awaiting test



To be drilled



To be drilled

Cheal B





Behind pipe awaiting workover to initiate Urenui Production



Behind pipe awaiting workover to initiate Urenui Production









Flowing 800 to 1300 bbls/day






Flowing 800 to 1075 bbls/day

Cheal C


Producing; oil being trucked to the Cheal Production Station



Excellent flow test results, behind pipe awaiting workover



To be drilled



To be drilled


SW1 - SW4


Producing 2 to 3 million cubic feet of gas per day (350–500 boe/day), and 30 to 50 barrels of light oil / day. Permanent tie-in completed. Anticipate 8 to 10 million cubic feet of gas per day once compression installed.



To be drilled



To be drilled

Topics: Cheal Production Facility, exploration well, Mt. Messenger, Urenui, Taranaki, Cheal-C site, Sidewinder Production Facility, Cheal Oil Field, Sidewinder Discovery, drilling

TAG Oil CEO & Controller visit the field

Posted by Kris Clark on Feb 9, 2012 8:18:00 AM

On a recent trip to Taranaki New Zealand, TAG Oil CEO Garth Johnson and Controller Dan Brown snapped some photos for the blog. They were down under for meetings with the technical team and local community leaders, and of course, to experience the new developments at TAG's Cheal and Sidewinder oil and gas discovery areas first-hand. 

Ensign Rig set up to drill Cheal B7
The Ensign Rig getting set up to drill Cheal -B7, TAG's follow-up to the highly successful B5 well. Cheal-B5 had the most extensive pay interval ever recorded by a Cheal well, and the highest flow rate recorded from from a Mt. Messenger well.

Executive Assistant Dan Brown in front of B5
TAG Controller Dan Brown stands proudly in front of the Cheal-B5 wellhead. As announced December 5th, TAG perforated and flow tested 20 meters of continuous oil-and-gas pay in the Cheal-B5 well, in the 35 meters of net pay intercepted within the primary Mt. Messenger Formation. Today it’s still going strong. 

CEO Garth Johnson and Lead Engineer Jack Doyle
Lead engineer Jack Doyle and CEO Garth Johnson, in front of the Cheal-C2 discovery well. This important step-out well in TAG's C-block discovery area flow tested ~14 million cubic feet per day (~2,333 BOE/day) on a 48/64" choke, with associated condensate production increasing during testing. Located about 3.5 km's NW of TAG's Cheal-B5 well, it significantly extends the known oil-and-gas saturation area within TAG’s Cheal permit. The success of Cheal-C2 also adds another high-impact target to TAG's prospect portfolio in the Mt. Messenger and Urenui formations.

New Plymouth's Sidewinder Facility
A shot of the loading arm at the Sidewinder Facility: used to fill the oil tank in the background with oil produced from TAG’s successful Sidewinder exploration wells drilled in late 2011.  

Topics: Mt. Messenger, Taranaki, Cheal-C site, Cheal Oil Field, oil and gas production, Sidewinder Discovery

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

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

TAG Oil-sponsored Taranaki bests Southland in Ranfurly Shield win!

Posted by Denise della Santina on Aug 25, 2011 4:06:00 PM

The hard-fought rugby match was a double celebration for the Taranaki team, who secured the shield and cleared relegation danger. They defend in New Plymouth against Hawkes Bay this coming Sunday, in a little west coast versus east coast rivalry.

A parade from downtown to the Stadium—with a predicted 35,000 in the stands—will allow proud locals to celebrate the team.

Taranaki last won the shield 15 years ago...to the day of today's win. Congratulations guys, and keep your foot on the gas!

TAG Oil’s logo “proudly” displayed.
Ash Parker takes the ball from a lineout for Canterbury, in Saturday’s ITM Cup drubbing.
Photo: Joseph Johnson/photosport.co.nz
Ash Parker takes the ball from a lineout for Canterbury, in Saturday’s ITM Cup drubbing.
Ranfuly Cup game
A happier result for team Taranaki in yesterday’s Ranfurly Cup game.

Topics: Taranaki, Announcements, New Zealand

Check out our new home.

Posted by Kris Clark on Apr 28, 2011 5:11:00 PM

TAG’s new field office is making quite a splash in New Plymouth…mostly good…. Why not have a little fun, right?


Topics: Taranaki, New Zealand, Technical team

PEP 52181: An offshore exploration opportunity.

Posted by Kris Clark on Dec 14, 2010 11:17:00 PM
Kaheru Infrastructure

We just completed the acquisition of a 20% interest in offshore PEP 52181, just 8 km from shore, operated by ROC Oil.

The Permit contains the Kaheru Prospect, a Miocene-aged prospect on the same successful thrust belt play fairway as many significant Taranaki oil and gas fields, including: Rimu, Kauri, Manutahi immediately north, and the Tariki, Ahuroa, Waihapa and Ngaere (“TAWN”) fields further north. Immediately to the west, the large Kupe Gas-Condensate field is now also in full production. All in all, a good addition to our prospect portfolio.

Topics: PEP 52181, Taranaki, Announcements, offshore exploration, New Zealand, Kaheru, ROC Oil