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Central Petroleum provides Whiteley drilling update

Oilfield Technology,

Central Petroleum Limited has advised that drilling of the unconventional gas exploration well, Whiteley-1, is proceeding to prognosis.

As at 1 August, the measured depth of the well was 991 m. The rig is preparing to electronically log the intermediate hole section, prior to running the 7-in. intermediate casing.

Whiteley-1 is the first of a program of unconventional gas exploration wells operated by Central Petroleum (via subsidiary Merlin Energy, in partnership with Total) and is to be drilled using Enerdrill Rig 2.

The primary objective is the Lower Arthur Creek Formation, which will be fully cored and sampled for gas desorption and reservoir properties, in addition to an extensive logging program to evaluate the hydrocarbon resource potential.

The second well in the program, Gaudi-1, is scheduled to spud in mid September 2014.

Each well is expected to be drilled to a total depth of approximately 1900 – 2900 m respectively, will be extensively cored, and are estimated to be drilled and cased in approximately 60 days.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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