AUKLAND, New Zealand -- A fishing assembly is being run in hole in an attempt to recover stuck pipe in the 8 ½-in. (21.6-cm) section on the Kupe South 7 (KS-7) well, according operator Origin Energy Ltd.
The top of the reservoir (Farewell formation) was intersected with elevated gas shows and drilling had reached a depth of 3,454 m (11,332 ft) MD from the rotary table before the string became stuck when making a connection.
Each of the three production wells, KS-6, KS-7, and KS-8, will be drilled by the *I*ENSCO 107*I* jackup drilling rig to a vertical depth of 3,400 (11,155 ft).
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, Origin says.