Kea plugs non-commercial well

Puka non-commercial: Kea plugs and abandons

London-listed Kea Petroleum has plugged and abandoned a well in New Zealand after the quality of the sands was found to be non-commercial.

Kea said the Puka-3 well has reached a total depth with wireline logging encountering thicker sands than expected.

The Mount Messenger reservoir section had predominantly wet sands, with oil water contact interpreted in the upper parts of the sands.

Kea deemed the quality of the sands as not commercial and thus decided the well would not be completed as a producer.

Puka-3 was a component of the first phase of the farm-in between Kea and MEO Australia.

While the reservoir was not commercial, elevated mud gas readings were observed while drilling.

Wireline logging was run over the reservoir, while fluid sampling was not attempted because of the deviated nature of the well.

Under the farm-in agreement, MEO is entitled to 30% of Puka’s production following the completion of Puka-3.

The Australian company has six months to evaluate the data from the well before making a decision on the second phase of the agreement.

Kea chairman Ian Gowrie-Smith said the company was disappointed with the well but the data would allow for further plan development on the Puka field.

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