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TAG Sidewinder gas pipeline gets welded

And some more Sidewinder gas pipeline photos are in from the field, these showing some of the welding process. The drizzle shouldn’t slow things down, as TAG works to link its gas discovery with the North Island’s main high-capacity pipeline.  

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Flow test preparations

Completion operations and flow testing of the Cheal-B4ST discovery well, the first of our high-impact exploration wells to be drilled in TAG’s Taranaki Basin acreage, is underway. Cheal-B4ST encountered 17 meters (56 feet) of net pay within four previously untested Miocene-aged zones…

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Laying track: the Sidewinder gas pipeline is underway

Here we are building, on a great fall day, the pipeline that will link gas from TAG’s Sidewinder oil and gas discovery into the Taranaki Basin’s main high-capacity pipeline.   

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750 barrels a day…and that’s just the beginning

TAG Oil’s PMP 38156 Cheal oil and gas field is producing about 750 barrels of oil equivalent a day…so far. That’s just 4 out of the 9 flowing wells, from the relatively shallow Mt. Messenger and Urenui Formations, with a lot more drilling operations and completion work still to go. With proven and probable (2P) reserves presently assigned to only ~5% of the total Cheal Mining Permit acreage, the Cheal Mining Permit has some solid reserve and production growth potential. Especially if you look at how lightly explored the area…

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Sidewinder oil discovery flow test preparations

Prepping to commence flow testing of Sidewinder-2, Sidewinder-3 and Sidewinder-4 wells in a few weeks’ time. And we keep cranking on the Sidewinder Production Station for its anticipated completion by mid-year.

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Sidewinder-4…another oil and gas strike

Fortunately, this kind of news never gets old. The Mt. Messenger sandstones and PEP 38748 continue to pay off. The interpreted total hydrocarbon column at TAG’s Sidewinder discovery now exceeds 60 meters in thickness, with no water column evident in any of the Sidewinder wells. The Sidewinder-4 well, sidetracked to a location down-dip of Sidewinder-3, targeted a fault-bounded 3-D anomaly which intercepted a gross 29 meter-thick sandstone reservoir. Total depth is 1410 meters with 19 meters of net oil-and-gas-charged sandstones; electric logs indicate hydrocarbon charge to the base of the…

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Check out our new home

TAG’s new field office is making quite a splash in New Plymouth…mostly good…. Why not have a little fun, right?

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Third time’s a charm…Sidewinder oil and gas discovery does it again

PEP 38748 and Mt. Messenger do it again…the Company just announced that Sidewinder-3 is confirmed as a light oil and gas discovery. It’s been a busy couple of days: we drilled to 2160 meters about 1 km south of our Sidewinder-1 discovery, targeting a large anomaly ID’d on 3-D seismic. We encountered 15.4 meters of net oil-and-gas-bearing sandstones in the primary Sidewinder zone, including “free oil” observed over the shakers during the drilling operation. With each new well we can more accurately calibrate our 3-D data set and better understand…

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Saluting some of the TAG New Zealand team

You’re all rock stars!

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We’re on a roll

The sidetracked Sidewinder-2 well in PEP 38748 is confirmed as a multi-zone, light oil and gas discovery. We drilled to 1597 meters and hit 47 meters of net oil-and-gas-bearing sandstones, including “free oil” observed over the shakers during drilling…that means multiple potential pay zones. Electric log data shows excellent reservoir qualities, and better yet, even though this well has intersected and extended the main Sidewinder-1 discovery zone, we’ve also got five separate new oil-and-gas-charged pay zones, both above and below the primary target. Busy times ahead.

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