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Buru, Origin prepared for WA drilling program

Norwest Energy

Buru Energy is set to begin its Canning Basin exploration drilling program in Western Australia, with drill site preparations for the Kurrajong-1 joint venture with Origin Energy expected to be complete this week.

The company reported that the topsoil has be stripped and stacked ready for rehabilitation of the site with the ground works being supervised by senior Yawuru traditional owners.

The site has been levelled and compacted, the cuttings sump formed up ready for installation of the impervious liner, and the 20 inch surface conductor and cellar has been installed.

In addition, the drilling rig being used for the program is the Ensign 963, the sister rig to Ensign 970 currently drilling in the Perth Basin.

Ensign 963 is located at the Kayla-1 Origin Energy well site in the Beetaloo Basin, Northern Territory.

Buru reported that it has been undertaking rig preparation inspections with Ensign, with the rig on track to begin mobilising to the Kurrajong-1 well site.

The first loads are expected to be picked up on may 24, before the well is spudded on June 15.

The company have advised it will take two weeks to mobile all the equipment to the Kurrajong site with rig up and rig inspection.

Executive chairman Eric Streitberg said drilling preparations are well under way and on track for its mid-June spud.

“Site preparations have gone smoothly and without incident and we are very much looking forward to the spud of Kurrajong in just over four weeks,” he said.

Buru is being carried by Origin for the first $16 million of the associated well costs, with Kurrajong-1 being the first weeks to be drilled in the program.

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