Tui well back online

AWE has resumed oil production from the Pateke-3H well in New Zealand’s offshore Taranaki basin following a workover.

Offshore staff

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- AWE has resumed oil production from the Pateke-3H well in New Zealand’s offshore Taranaki basin following a workover.

Pateke-3H is one of four producers at the Tui area oil fields. According to partner New Zealand Oil & Gas (NZOG), the well had had problems with its artificial lift system and had been shut-in since late June.

NZOG estimates costs of this program at around $46 million. Over the past six weeks, the schedule had been affected by severe weather conditions in the Taranaki basin, which were responsible for around 30% of work time lost.

The workover was successful, and theKan Tan IV rig, which had been on site since late August, will shortly be released.

Despite the interruption, oil output from the Tui area oil fields held steady during July-September, averaging around 7,000 b/d of oil. The restart of Pateke-3H should increase the rate over the present quarter.

10/11/2010

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