The well intersected a 20-m gross oil column in a stratigraphic trap in the Jurassic-age Birkhead formation. A drillstem test recovered 41.6 bbl of light, 52° gravity oil from the drill string after a 3-hr flow period from an interval 1,694.5 m to 1,712 m. Beach said the flow rate was equivalent to 320 b/d of oil.
Kangaroo-1 is being cased and suspended as a future producer and may be brought on stream early next year. It lies in permit PEL 91 about 4 km northwest of the existing Spitfire field.
The well was the first in Beach’s 10-well exploration program for financial year 2016-17.
The company says the discovery confirms the quality and ongoing prospectivity of the western flank acreage.
Beach has 100% interest in PEL 91.