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Monthly Drilling Report - November
Monthly Drilling Report - November

Adelaide, Dec 4, 2013 AEST (ABN Newswire) - Beach Energy Limited (googlechartASX:BPT) (googlechartBCHEY:OTCMKTS) provide the Monthly Drilling Report for November 2013.


Nappamerri Trough Natural Gas

In PEL 218 (Beach Energy Ltd (Beach) 70% and operator, Chevron Australia Exploration 1 Pty Ltd (Chevron) 30%), the second horizontal well to be drilled in the Nappamerri Trough, Boston-3, reached total depth on 25 November 2013 after drilling approximately 1,000 metres of horizontal section in the Murteree Shale. The PEL 218 joint venture had previously drilled a 600 metre lateral section in the Murteree shale at Holdfast-2 over a 38 day period. Incorporating the knowledge gained from Holdfast-2, drilling of the lateral section in Boston-3 was much improved and resulted in drilling of approximately 1,000 metre lateral section in 12 days.

Fracture stimulation activities were undertaken in PEL 218 in the Holdfast-2 horizontal well with nine stages placed. Six of the nine stages were placed as designed, with three stages curtailed due to high treating pressures. Four stimulation stages were also placed in Dashwood-1 to test the lower Patchawarra Formation as part of the exploration strategy for the area. The Dashwood-1 well is currently being cleaned out by coiled tubing which will move to Holdfast-2 shortly to complete clean out activities there. Both wells will be flow tested at the completion of clean out activities.

The Geoffrey-1 vertical exploration well in ATP 855 (Beach 46.9% and operator, Icon Energy Ltd 35.1%, Chevron 18%) is currently drilling ahead at 3,979 metres in the Patchawarra Formation. The well is planned to drill to a maximum depth of approximately 4,250 metres.

Cooper-Eromanga Oil - Queensland

A three well oil development campaign commenced in the 100% Beach fields of southwest Queensland. Kenmore-42 was plugged and abandoned, while Kenmore-43 was cased and suspended as a future Birkhead Formation oil producer. The rig is currently drilling Bodalla South-21 as a deviated development well.

Cooper Basin Oil and Gas - Exploration and Development

In the gas exploration program in Queensland (Beach 23.2%, Santos Ltd (Santos) 60.06% and operator, Origin Energy Resources Ltd (Origin) 16.5%, Australia Pacific LNG (APL) 0.24%), the Kaiden-1 well was drilled to total depth of 3,094 metres and cased and suspended as a Paning Member and Toolachee Formation gas discovery. The Marama West-1 well (Beach 23.8%, Santos 61.2%, Origin 10%) is drilling ahead at 300 metres and is the third well of a three well gas exploration program consisting of Bolah-1 and Kaiden-1, both of which are gas discoveries.

In the gas development program in Queensland (Beach 23.2%, Santos 60.06% and operator, Origin 16.5%, APL 0.24%), the Barrolka-11 well is drilling ahead at 858 metres and setting casing. Barrolka-1 is the first well of a three well program on the Barrolka Field targeting the Toolache Formation.

Drilling continued in the five well Zeus-Minos-Tennaperra oil development campaign in southwest Queensland (Beach 30%, Santos 70% and operator). Since the last report, the second and third wells of the campaign, Zeus-8 and Zeus-9, were drilled, with both cased for future production. The fourth well, Minos-2, reached total depth of 1,783 metres with logging operations currently underway.

In the South Australian Cooper Basin Joint Venture (SACB JV) (Beach 20.21%, Santos 66.6% and operator, Origin 13.19%) gas development program, the Kurunda-6 well was drilled to a total depth of 2,523 metres and cased and suspended as a Patchawarra Formation gas producer.

The Moomba-196 well was drilled to a total depth of 3,130 metres and cased and suspended as a Toolachee/Daralingie/Patchawarra gas producer. The Moomba-197 well is at 913 metres and preparing to drill ahead after setting casing. The Moomba-196 and Moomba-197 wells are stand-alone conventional vertical wells on the Moomba North Field located approximately two kilometres from the Moomba North Pad. The Moomba-199 and Moomba-200 wells are the second and third wells to be drilled on the four well conventional Moomba North Pad. The Moomba-199 well was drilled to a total depth of 3,278 metres and cased and suspended as a Toolachee/Daraligie/Patchawarra gas producer. The Moomba-200 well was drilled to a total depth of 3,285 metres and is currently running wire-line logs.

Big Lake-95, the first of five planned wells on the Big Lake well pad, was drilled to a total depth of 3,126 metres and is preparing to run production casing.

In the SACB JV unconventional gas appraisal program, the Roswell-2 horizontal well in the Roseneath Shale was drilled to a total depth of 3,481 metres and is currently setting casing. Roswell-2 is expected to be stimulated and downhole microsiesmic monitoring is planned at the Roswell-1 vertical well.


Abu Sennan Concession, Egypt (Beach 22%, Kuwait Energy Egypt Ltd 50% and operator, Dover Investments Ltd 28%)

El Salmiya-3 spudded on 8 November 2103 and is currently drilling ahead in the Cretaceous Khoman Formation. The well is designed as an appraisal of the oil discovery from July this year in the lower Cretaceous Kharita Formation. Secondary objectives will be to appraise the Abu Roash and Bahariya discoveries.

Est Cobalcescu Concession, Black Sea, Romania (Beach 30%, Petroceltic International plc 40% and operator, Petromar Resources SA 30%) The 01RX Cobalcescu South exploration well in Block EX-28 Est Cobalcescu, offshore Romania, was plugged and abandoned after intersecting minor gas shows in upper Miocene sediments. The rig moved off location on 28 November 2013.

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