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TAG Oil Double Vision

A tanker of TAG’s crude oil drives past the TAG offices, en route from the Omata Tank Farm on the outskirts of New Plymouth, where our oil gets delivered from the Cheal field.   

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Cheal-B5 discovery well perf photos

This has been a busy and exciting couple of weeks for TAG at our Cheal permit: in less than 30 days we tested Cheal-B5 (the third well in our current 10-well drilling campaign) and got it on full time production. We didn’t know what the results would be at the time of these photos, but after perforation we flow tested 20 meters of continuous oil-and-gas pay within the 35 meters of net pay intercepted in the primary Mt. Messenger target. This is the most extensive pay interval ever recorded by…

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Donating to the Stratford and Eltham Volunteer Fire Brigades

TAG Oil is proud to support the community by funding “Hot Fire Training” for the Stratford and Eltham Volunteer Fire Brigades. The training helps the volunteer brigade practice their firefighting techniques under real fire conditions at a training facility in Stratford. They’re a tough and dedicated group, and it’s our pleasure to help them grow more accomplished in this important job. These photos from a recent training really say it all.  

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Cheal-C site testing photos

New photos of the Cheal-C site are just in from the field. The wellhead in the center with the protection around it is the Cardiff-2A-ST1, which discovered deep liquid-rich gas.

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Production and Exploration Activities Continue as Planned: Incorrect Reports in Media

A recent article in The Taranaki News entitled “Drilling opposition puts 42 out of work” reported that “TAG Oil Ltd stopped production while it waits for resource consent for 18 new wells at its Cheal sites near Stratford.”  This report is inaccurate. In fact, production has not stopped at Cheal, nor have any ongoing operations – such those related to our well testing program for our recently completed discovery wells (Cheal-C1, Cheal-C2, Cheal-A8 and Cheal B5) – been affected in any way. In addition, TAG continues to complete work-over’s on existing wells at…

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Putting the Sidewinder Oil and Gas Facility through its paces

In preparation for putting TAG’s Sidewinder Production Facility into operation, it’s getting put through its paces with final review and testing. It was a gray day in Taranaki but the “views” looked good to us.   

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Sidewinder Production Facility nears completion

Don’t let the big hole in the ground fool you…we’re very close to finishing work on our Sidewinder Oil and Gas Production Facility. We’re looking ahead to production, and more exploratory drilling, as we put the final pieces into place and make the last of the connections.  

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Farmout agreement with Apache Corporation on the East Coast Basin

This news is in a press release on our site, but it bears repeating in the blog: We’ve entered into a farmout agreement with Apache Corporation to explore and potentially develop oil and natural gas resources in the East Coast Basin of New Zealand.  Apache has agreed to conduct a multi-phased exploration, appraisal and potential development program within TAG’s East Coast Basin exploration permits PEP 38348, PEP 38349 and PEP 50940 (“the Permits”). The Permits comprise in excess of one million prospective acres of onshore oil and gas opportunities located on the…

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TAG Oil-sponsored Taranaki bests Southland in Ranfurly Shield win!

The hard-fought rugby match was a double celebration for the Taranaki team, who secured the shield and cleared relegation danger. They defend in New Plymouth against Hawkes Bay this coming Sunday, in a little west coast versus east coast rivalry. A parade from downtown to the Stadium—with a predicted 35,000 in the stands—will allow proud locals to celebrate the team. Taranaki last won the shield 15 years ago…to the day of today’s win. Congratulations guys, and keep your foot on the gas!  

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