AUKLAND, New Zealand -- Coring of the 8-1/2 in. (22 cm) section of the Kupe South 6 (KS-6) well offshore Taranaki basin, New Zealand, has been completed and drilling has reached a depth of 3,313 m (10,869 ft) MD from the rotary table, says operator Origin Energy.
KS-6 encountered a hydrocarbon column in the Farewell formation. The planned TD for the section is 3,385 m (11,106 ft) MD from the rotary table. Upon completion, it is planned to conduct wireline logging prior to setting and cementing the 5-in. (13-cm) liner.
Each of the three production wells, KS-6, KS-7, and KS-8, will be drilled by theENSCO 107
The Kupe Project drilling campaign is being undertaken on a "batch-drilling" basis. This process involves completing the same section of each of the three wells before proceeding to the subsequent section and is a more efficient approach than drilling the wells separately, according to Origin Energy.
Participants in the Kupe Gas Project are Origin Energy, 50%; wholly-owned subsidiaries of Genesis Energy, 31%; New Zealand Oil & Gas Ltd. subsidiaries, 15%; and Mitsui E&P Australia Pty Ltd., 4%.