Strike Energy has commenced drilling operations at the West Erregulla 5 (WE5) well, marking the final well for the Western Australian appraisal campaign.
The company reported that rig maintenance and moving operations went smoothly without incident and the rig spud WE5 at 12pm on Saturday, May 8, 2021.
Drilling operations have reached the final depth of the first hole section at a measured depth of 1567m.
In addition, Strike reported that it has perforated 75m of the Kingia Sandstone at West Erregulla 4, and is commencing flow back followed by production testing of the well.
The company is also beginning the flow test program at WE4, which will start with a period of clean-up/flow-back, then five days of flows at various choke sizes, measuring rates and pressure build ups.
Strike has advised that WE5 is being progressed under a revised design where a casing string has been removed resulting from the learning from the exploration and appraisal drilling to date.
The new design will result in increased speed of well execution while maintaining deliverability and productivity.
The West Erregulla project is a 50:50 joint venture with Warrego Energy and includes the drilling of three wells in the EP469 permit.
After various coring and logging operations, Strike plans to flow test the wells as they will be future producers across the Kingia/High Cliff sequences for the proposed phase one production.