Australia: Arthur Creek shale exploration set

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Mar. 30
– PetroFrontier Corp., Calgary, approved a $32 million capital budget for 2011 for the company’s net share of drilling as many as six exploratory wells and shooting as much as 1,000 line-km of seismic in the Southern Georgina basin, Northern Territory, Australia.

The first well, Baldwin-2, will be a first horizontal well on EP 103. Baldwin-1 will be the pilot hole for the horizontal leg of Baldwin-2 into the Basal Arthur Creek shale zone. Baldwin-2 includes conventional targets above the shale.

The horizontal MacIntyre-2 is planned in EP 127, where PetroFrontier is operator with 75% working interest, using an existing well as guide for a new horizontal well. It also includes shallower conventional targets.

The vertical Ross-2 well in EP 103 will be drilled updip to the existing Ross-1 well to evaluate conventional targets above and below the Basal Arthur Creek as well as the horizontal viability of the shale zone itself.

The fourth well is expected to be another horizontal well in EP 103 into the Basal Arthur Creek shale zone. The fourth through sixth wells will be drilled based on the seismic to be shot in 2011. A rig is to be moved 3,000 km from Brisbane largely over unsealed roads.

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