Kupe drilling progresses

The 17-in (43-cm) section of the Kupe South 8 (KS-8) well has reached TD of 2,184 m (7,165 ft) from rotary table and the 13-3/8 in (34 cm) casing run and cemented, says operator Origin Energy Ltd.

Offshore staff

AUKLAND, New Zealand -- The 17-in (43-cm) section of the Kupe South 8 (KS-8) well has reached TD of 2,184 m (7,165 ft) from rotary table and the 13-3/8 in (34 cm) casing run and cemented, says operator Origin Energy Ltd.

Surface equipment is currently undergoing routine pressure testing and upon completion, the 12-1/4-in (31-cm) section of KS-8 will be drilled and cased. This will be followed by drilling of the 12-1/4-in (31-cm) sections of KS-7 and KS-6.

Each of the three production wells will be drilled by theEnsco 107 jackup to a vertical depth of 3,400 m (11,155 ft).

Kupe is being drilled on a batch basis. This involves completing the same section of each of the three wells before proceeding to subsequent sections and is a more efficient approach than drilling the wells separately, says Origin.

1/24/2008

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