In its most recent operational update, Bengal Energy Ltd included details of the company’s recent successful Phase One drilling campaign at its Cuisinier ultra-light oil property situated within the Barta Sub Block (ATP 752) in Australia’s Cooper Basin.
From late March to early May, 2014, Bengal carried out the first of its two-phase development and appraisal drilling campaign in Cuisinier (Barta Sub Block, ATP 752), an asset in which the company has a 30.357% working interest.
The four Phase One development wells were drilled with 100% success and each has been cased and suspended awaiting completion as a future oil producer. The wells were targeting the oil-bearing Cretaceous Murta formation, and Bengal’s preliminary petrophysical analysis of the well logs shows results comparable with that encountered in Bengal’s six best Cuisinier wells drilled in previous campaigns. This success rate and corresponding log data further validate Bengal’s 3D seismic interpretation and its team’s unique understanding of the Murta reservoir as it is developed across the broad Cuisinier structure.
Completion of the four wells is anticipated to run from mid-July through early August 2014, with the wells expected to be tied-in through September and early October, 2014. Based on this timing, Bengal anticipates the impact from new production volumes to be realised in the fourth quarter of calendar 2014.
The Phase Two drilling program is expected to commence in mid-4Q, calendar 2014 and will include four development/appraisal wells, and potentially up to two exploration wells. This will enable Bengal and its partners to benefit from data obtained in Phase One and to high-grade locations for Phase Two with a view to enhancing productivity and expanding the boundaries of the pool.
In Bengal’s Tookoonooka permit (ATP 732), which is located in the emerging East Flank oil fairway of the Cooper Basin, the company is partnered with Beach Energy Ltd. In 2013 Beach and Bengal entered into a joint venture agreement (JV) whereby Beach agreed to fund up to AUS$ 11.5 million to drill two wells and acquire 115.8 sq. miles (300 km2) of new 3D seismic, in exchange for a 50% interest in the permit. Beach completed the acquisition of the seismic in Tookoonooka during January and February 2014. The processing of seismic has commenced and is expected to continue until late 2014. Based on the seismic interpretation, a second well location is expected to be identified for drilling within the first half of 2015.
Bengal’s 38% working interest area of Wompi (Barta Sub Block, ATP 752) features multi-zone potential offering moderate risk exploration within a well-established oil producing fairway. The company plans to drill one exploration well within the second half of calendar 2014, followed by the acquisition of 81 sq. miles (210 km2) of new 3D seismic in 2015.
In Bengal’s onshore India block situated within the Cauvery Basin (CY-ONN-2005/1 – 30% WI), the company is working with its partners, Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) to coordinate the drilling of three exploration wells. The wells are expected to be drilled by GAIL, the operator, with drilling anticipated to commence by mid-3Q calendar 2014. The delays experienced to date have stemmed from regulatory and permitting issues, which are being addressed by the operator. Bengal continues to work with its partners and the relevant government agencies to advance the drilling program.
Corporate production volumes during the quarter ending 31 March 2014 ranged between 480 and 500 boepd net to Bengal, and continue to support the company’s positive cash flow generation.
Adapted from press release by Cecilia Rehn
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