Empire Energy has successfully flowed gas to surface from the Carpentaria-1 well, located in the Beetaloo Basin, Northern Territory.
The hydraulic fracture stimulation spread which completed the four-stage program at the well has been released and a coiled tubing unit is finishing the initial unload of fracture stimulation fluids from the well.
The company highlighted that the Carpentaria-1 well gas contribution has steadily increased through the initial flow-back post fracture stimulation.
Empire is now preparing to run the production test completion into the well over the next few days in preparation for further well analysis and extended production rate testing.
Last week the company placed four hydraulic fracture stimulation stages in its Carpentaria-1 well.
The well is where four stacked shale targets within the Velkerri Formation are in the process of being evaluated.
The vertical fracture stimulation stages were placed in the A Shales, Intra A/B Shale, B Shales and C Shale of the middle Velkerri Formation over a five-day period.
The company stated that a fracture stimulation was carried out in each target shale zone.
In addition, the dataset will aid Empire’s design and location optimisation for fracture stimulated horizontal appraisal drilling planned for later this year.
The horizontal drilling program will be funded from existing cash at bank.