PERTH/SUBIACO, Australia – The jackup Noble Tom Prosser has started drilling the Santos-operated Apus-1 well in the sub-Bedout basin offshore Western Australia.
According to partner Carnarvon Energy the location is 27 km (16.8 mi) southwest of the recentl Pavo-1 discovery, drilled by the same rig.
Apus-1 well is targeting a large structure with two potential reservoir intervals, with potential combined resources of 235 MMbbl of liquids and 408 bcf of gas in the Caley and Milne Members within the main Apus structure (including Apus West and Apus East).
Another Australian operator, Empyrean Energy, says the COSL owned NH9 rig has arrived at the location for the LH 17-2-1 exploration well on the Jade prospect in Block 29/11 offshore China and drilling could start this weekend, once current anchoring operations have finished.
Empyrean assesses Jade as a potential 395-MMbbl light oil prospect.