Buru Energy‘s Rafael 1 rig has been released and production test preparations are underway in Western Australia’s Canning Basin.
The well is located in exploration permit EP 428 in northwest WA around 50 kms to the east of the Ungani Oilfield.
The 4½-inch tubing has been run and set inside the 7-inch casing.
The interpreted Ungani Dolomite reservoir section below the 7-inch casing shoe at 3,869 m has been left uncased to increase the flow potential of the interpreted reservoir section.
The 4½-inch tubing strong was run rather than the planned 2 3/8-inch tubing string to provide additional operational flexibility and reduce the potential for well bore restrictions to flow.
It is anticipated to be multiple days before the well site drilling equipment has been removed from the well head and the test equipment mobilised to site.
The production test is predicted to start in the middle of December.
However, the expected timing of all the operations is subject to weather or other operational delays, including current COVID restrictions on interstate travel.
The test program is planned to last around a week with a number of flow periods and shut-ins to establish reservoir parameters.
The results of the test are expected to be released soon after it has been finished and the data analysed.
The announcement comes after Buru prepared for a production test amid a potential wet gas discovery in November.
The Ensign 968 rig is currently being mobilised to the Ungani Oilfield, with the Ungani 8H well expected to spud prior to Christmas.
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