Roc explores off Perth basin

Roc Oil (WA) Pty Ltd. has begun a two-well exploration/appraisal drilling program in WA-286-P, in the North Perth basin, offshore Western Australia.

Offshore staff

SYDNEY, Australia -- Roc Oil (WA) Pty Ltd. has begun a two-well exploration/appraisal drilling program in WA-286-P, in the North Perth basin, offshore Western Australia.

TheWilCraft jackup drilling rig commenced drilling the Lilac-1 exploration well on Feb. 3 in 33 m (108 ft) of water approximately 2.5 km (1.6 mi) east of the Dunsborough-1 oil and gas discovery made in the permit in June 2007.

Lilac-1 is expected to reach a TD of 1,435 m (4,708 ft) below the rotary table in mid-February 2008. On Feb. 4, it was preparing to run 13 3/8-in (34-cm) casing, Roc said.

Following the drilling of Lilac-1, the Frankland-2 appraisal well, also in WA-286-P, is scheduled. The two-well drilling program is expected to be completed by the end of February 2008.

Participating interests in the WA-286-P joint venture are Roc Oil with 37.5%; AWE Oil (Western Australia) Pty. Ltd. with 27.5%; ARC (Offshore PB) Ltd. with 30.0%; and CIECO Exploration and Production (Australia) Pty. Ltd with 5.0%.

02/04/2008

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