Kupe drilling continues per plan

The 12-1/4-in (31-cm) section of the Kupe South 7 (KS-7) well offshore Taranaki basin, New Zealand, has reached 2,176 m (7,139 ft) MD from the rotary table.

Offshore staff

AUKLAND, New Zealand -- The 12-1/4-in (31-cm) section of the Kupe South 7 (KS-7) well offshore Taranaki basin, New Zealand, has reached 2,176 m (7,139 ft) MD from the rotary table. The planned TD for the section is 3,107 m (10,194 ft). Upon completion, the 12-1/4-in (31-cm) section of KS-6 will be drilled and cased, says operator Origin Energy Ltd.

The 9-5/8-in (24-cm) casing of the KS-8 well has been run and cemented as planned.

The three Kupe production wells are to be drilled by theENSCO 107 jackup drilling rig 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. This is a more efficient approach than drilling the wells separately, says Origin.

2/07/2008

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