TAG Oil Blog

Perforation action shots at the Cheal-E2 site

Posted by Denise della Santina on Oct 25, 2013 2:33:00 PM
While our deep prospects have been dominating the news, the team is moving ahead methodically drilling TAG's shallow oil and gas prospects at Cheal. They took a minute to send some shots from the field of a recent perforation at Cheal-E2, as well as modeling some of the new equipment that's in place to move the oil and gas.

001 Full WidthTaking the cap off of E-2, and getting ready to perforate.

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Randy Toone on the ladder about to
drop the bar to perforate.

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Smile for the camera...

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And there she goes! Jack starts the
clock: it should take about 3.5
minutes to land on the firing pin at
the Urenui zone.

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Hands on the well head to feel the
guns fire: 2.5 minutes... 3 minutes...
Boom! Successful perforation.

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Shane already has concrete pads
poured for the permanent production
facility at the Cheal E-Site.

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And he models the line heater,
already built and installed, that will heat power fluid.

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Instrumentation is already in place,
waiting to be connected.

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Shane explains how the power fluid
pumps will sit right on the pads.

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Out the back of the facility, this is
where the pipe rack will carry gas
down to the flare tank in the distance.

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Steve Webling working on the flare

Topics: Cheal Oil Field, Technical team

Targeting first oil & gas discovery potential in the ECB

Posted by Denise della Santina on May 2, 2013 1:56:00 PM

Here's one of the first photos to come in from TAG Oil's Ngapaeruru-1 wellsite, spudded on April 22nd. Our exploration team is targeting the Waipawa Black Shale and Whangai source rock formations at an anticipated depth of 1,800 meters to test the unconventional discovery potential in this portion of New Zealand's East Coast Basin.

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This is another step in TAG's long-term strategic plan: to leverage the success -- and cash flow -- of the Company's lower risk conventional assets in the Taranaki Basin, in order to intelligently pursue higher impact exploration opportunities elsewhere in New Zealand.

The Waipawa Black Shale and Whangai formations are oil-and gas-rich source rocks present throughout most of TAG's million-acre East Coast Basin land holdings. Oil sampled from seeps on TAG's East Coast permits proved to be from the Waipawa Black Shale and Whangai formations, and high-quality live oil recovered from shallow wells drilled in 2011 was also confirmed to be generated from these source rocks

Extensive geotechnical work on TAG's East Coast acreage, including proprietary 2D and 3D seismic, have confirmed that the source rock parameters compare favorably to commercial unconventional tight oil and gas plays throughout the world, comparable in total organic carbon content and oil and gas maturity levels, for example, to North Dakota's Bakken shale. 

Topics: exploration well, East Coast Basin, unconventional oil, Technical team, tight oil

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

Saluting some of the TAG New Zealand team

Posted by Kris Clark on Mar 23, 2011 3:32:00 AM

You’re all rock stars!

Carey Davis
Carey Davis, B.Sc, M.Sc Pet. Geol. Exploration & New Ventures Manager
Carlos Kazianis
Carlos Kazianis, New Zealand Operations Manager
Jack Doyle
Jack Doyle, Petroleum Engineer

Topics: Technical team

Happy holidays everyone!

Posted by Kris Clark on Dec 23, 2010 4:18:00 AM

We’re taking some well-deserved time off to enjoy our warm winter holidays (a nice benefit to being in New Zealand). See you in 2011!

Gone fishin'
Gone fishin'.

Topics: New Zealand, Technical team