Strike Energy has advised, on behalf of its joint venture partner Warrego Energy, that it has installed the new slip and seal assembly required for the West Erregulla 3 well, Western Australia.
The company reported last week that pressure testing of the wellhead was unsuccessful and upon investigation it was found that the slip and seal assembly for the 13.4-inch casing connection had failed.
Following the new slip and seal assembly being installed, the JV has completed the pressure tests and drilled out the show track of the first intermediate hole section.
Looking ahead, Strike will now resume the drilling program and is currently running in hole with a 12.5-inch drilling assembly to commence drilling the second intermediate hole section down to a depth of 3750 to 4150m.
In addition, the JV reported that it has completed drilling the first intermediate hole section down to 2462 metres measured depth at West Erregulla 3 well.
Strike advised that it mapped out an earlier casing point to provide additional contingent rig mast capacity, with the running casing section set to the aside-tracks to resolve the previous drilling issues.
The West Erregulla appraisal campaign includes the drilling of three wells in the EP469 permit.
The appraisal wells will be drilled down to 5000m with West Erregulla 3 designed to test the continuation of the commercial gas accumulation in the northern fault block, with West Erregulla 4 and 5 to appraise the reservoir distraction in the central fault blocks.