MELBOURNE, Australia – Esso Australia is drilling five new wells at the Turrum field as part of its ongoing program to develop new gas supplies in the Bass Strait.
A drilling rig on the new Marlin B platform is performing the AUD$335-million ($260-million) campaign, comprising four gas wells and one oil well. Last October Esso Australia produced first oil from the $4.5-billionKipper Tuna Turrum project. Production from the Turrum field is exported via the Marlin B facility.
Turrum has an estimated 1 tcf of natural gas and 110 MMbbl of oil and gas liquids. Drilling is expected to continue into the second half of 2015.