AWE Limited has toasted the taste of hydrocarbons with its appraisal of the Waitsia gas field north of Perth successfully encountering gas at the first target level.
The company reported that the Waitsia-4 appraisal well has successfully intersected the Kingia formation, with good gas shows observed and wireline logs to be acquired to confirm reservoir quality.
The well is now drilling towards the second primary target, the High Cliff Sandstone, and is expected to take five weeks to complete.
It is being directionally drilled to a planned maximum total depth of 3,834 m and is designed to appraise the gas potential in the eastern extension of the Waitsia Field. If logged results are positive, the well will be completed as a production well.
Waitsia-4 is located approximately 18.5 km south-east of Dongara and 3.3 km north-northeast of Waitsia-3.
Discovered in September 2014, the Waitsia field is regarded as the largest onshore conventional gas discovery in Australia for the last 30 years and has the capability to supply the domestic market with 100 TJ/d for 10 years from conventional reservoirs.