Woodside finds gas with Noblige-1 off W. Australia

Rick Wilkinson
OGJ Correspondent

MELBOURNE, Jan. 26 -- Woodside Petroleum Ltd. reported encountering good gas sands with its Noblige-1 wildcat, which was drilled in permit WA-404-P in the Greater Pluto field area off Western Australia.

Measurement-while-drilling logs at several levels in the well have indicated natural gas, one of them over a 300-m gross interval in the intra-Triassic age primary target.

The well is now drilling ahead into deeper targets and Woodside will wait until reaching total depth before undertaking a full evaluation. This will involve a full suite of wireline logs and pressure data to indicate the number of hydrocarbon zones, their size, and potential.

Nobligwe-1 is close to the previous Martell discovery, which confirmed a 110-m gas column and the presence of a gas-water contact in 2009.

The new find is welcome news for Woodside, which is attempting to secure additional gas reserves for the second train at its Pluto LNG facility proposed for the Burrup Peninsula plant.

Noblige-1 is part of the company’s exploration campaign of up to 20 wells in the Greater Pluto area that began last October with the Pelion-1 and Eris-1 wells in WA-34L.

Noblige is being drilled by the Jack Bates semisubmersible rig, but the next well, Larsen-1, will be drilled with the Maersk Discoverer semisubmersible, as Jack Bates is due for release to Hess Corp. for its proposed 16-well program in the Carnarvon basin region off Western Australia.

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