WestSide, the operator of the Meridian gas fields near Moura in Queensland’s Bowen Basin, has announced that the first phase of the field’s expansion is on track to commence within one month when drilling commences on the first well of a six-well program.
The company, together with Mitsui E&P Australia, plans to expand the Meridian gas field to supply increasing volumes of gas to the Gladstone LNG project from 2015. Under the terms of the sales agreement, up to 65 terajoules of gas per day will be supplied from Meridian to GLNG over a period of 20 years.
WestSide Managing Director, Mike Hughes, explained that the first phase well program, involving six new production wells, would incorporate extensive recommended improvements in drilling procedures and practices to maximise drilling and production success.
Hughes commented: “Wells will be drilled, lined and completed in a single seam and drilled in areas where there is good knowledge of faults and depth control to enable a high confidence of drilling in-seam using global best practice steering techniques.”
Key contracts for drilling, directional drilling services, cementing, completions, wireline logging, well-head and connection facilities and civil earthworks have all now been awarded.
Hughes added that WestSide had also significantly strengthened its in-house drilling and development expertise over the past six months.
“The combination of our strong in-house expertise with this skilled group of contractors provides WestSide with the requisite depth of experience and confidence to ensure the success of the Phase 1 Well Program,” Hughes concluded.
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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