Diamond rig prepares to drill Kanga well offshore Australia

May 9, 2022
Diamond Offshore’s semisub Ocean Apex has mobilized to the Kanga-1 well and may have started drilling operations.

Offshore staff

SOUTH PERTH, Australia — Diamond Offshore’s semisub Ocean Apex has mobilized to the Kanga-1 well location offshore Western Australia and may have started drilling operations.

According to Finder Energy Holdings, a partner in the surrounding WA-412-P permit, operated by SapuraOMV, drilling will last about 25 days with a planned T/D of 3,300 m.

Kanga is in the Dampier Sub-basin, which is 20 km east of the Mutineer/Exeter and Fletcher/Finucane oil fields. The well’s main objective is the Jurassic Legendre Formation reservoir sandstone.

ERCE Australia’s review suggests best case prospective resources of 170 MMbbl. 

In the U.K. North Sea, Finder has entered an agreement with Talon Energy to acquire a 100% interest in production license P2527, subject to regulatory approvals.

The concession, in the Outer Moray Firth and in water depths of about 100 m (328 ft), contains the White Bear prospect, close to the producing Buzzard Field.

According to Finder CEO Damon Neaves: “Finder is mapping analogues of the Buzzard Field in its P2528 license, and the addition of P2527 and the White Bear prospect enhances Finder’s position in this play.

“Infrastructure in the area is prolific. Finder’s prospects are attractive to operators of nearby infrastructure because they open up the potential for low cost and rapid tiebacks to achieve early production by utilizing capacity in their existing infrastructure.”

P2527 was awarded under the UK’s 32nd offshore licensing round and is in Phase A, with a work program of licensing and reprocessing of 3D seismic data and technical studies.

Finder has licensed 3D data over P2527 and is nearing completion of the Big Buzz 3D full wave form inversion pre-stack depth migrated reprocessing project over a 1,667-sq-km area on P2528.

Since P2527 lies within the area of the project, no further spending should be necessary to meet the current phase work commitment.