Empire Energy Group has announced that it has commenced fracture stimulation of Carpentaria-2H (C-2H), located in the Beetaloo Basin.
Situated in the Northern Territory, the well is 100 per cent owned and operated by Empire through its subsidiary, Imperial Oil & Gas. Preparations for the hydraulic stimulation and extended production testing (EPT) commenced in May 2022.
The stimulation has been designed to asses which of several fluid mixes will best enhance production performance. The hydraulic stimulation will occur at 25 stages, each 50 m long, along the accessible 1250 m of the overall 1345 m drilled section.
Empire confirmed good flows of gas at Carpentaria-1 in 2021, but operations were impeded in July of that year in order to comply with COVID-19 operating restrictions.
Despite the early setback, plans are on track for Empire to drill the new Carpentaria-4V vertical well in the Carpentaria East area of EP187. Additionally, Empire is likely to drill, hydraulically stimulate and flow test its Carpentaria-3H horizontal well, on the same well pad as Carpentaria-2H, later this year.
The Beetaloo Basin is thought to contain recoverable shale dry gas volumes of over 100 trillion cubic feet.
Empire has the largest holdings across the Beetaloo-McArthur Basins.
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