Operator Strike Energy has commenced the drilling of the West Erregulla 3 well in Western Australia.
The company outlined that the drilling was under way for the 26-inch surface hole section with a final section depth of 1210m.
In addition, the drilling assembly has been pulled out of the hole and Strike has started running in the 20-inch surface casing.
Looking forward, Strike will run the 20 inch surface casing to depth and then cement it in place.
Operations will then proceed to the first intermediate section with a 17.5 inch drilling assembly to be run into the hole and commence drilling to a nominal section depth of 2740m.
The EP469 joint venture (Strike, Warrego Energy) plans to drill up to three wells in the West Erregulla field, with the appraisal wells to be drilled down to 5000m.
Strike highlighted that the West Erregulla 3 well was designed to test the continuation of the commercial gas accumulation in the northern fault block, and West Erregulla 4 and 5 to appraise the reservoir distribution in the central fault block.
The JV reported that after various coring and logging operations all three wells would be flow tested and completed as future producers across the Kingia/High Cliff sequences for the proposed Phase 1 production operations.
Last week, Strike reported that Ensign Energy Services’ Rig 970 had been mobilised for drilling, following the conductor being installed at the project, and the lease pads ready to receive the first loads for the drilling rig as it mobilised.