MELBOURNE, Australia – Production has started from the Maari MR6A development well in the Taranaki basin offshore New Zealand.
The initial rate is around 7,800 b/d of oil. According to partnerCue Energy, the optimal rate will be determined after several weeks of production.
Currently the Maari field is producing roughly 14,000 b/d.
The latest well is in the previously undeveloped Mangahewa formation reservoir unit. It was drilled horizontally to a TD of 4,577 m (15,016 ft) of which around 1,300 m (4,265 ft) was completed in high net-to-gross, good-quality reservoir section, based on well log data.
Analysis to date suggests the well might exceed pre-drill expectations.
OMV’sMaari Growth Project is targeting remaining undeveloped reserves from the Maari and Manaia accumulations. The Ensco 107 rig is drilling the MR7A well to provide an additional in-fill producer in the Moki formation.