Cooper Energy has completed the reservoir section of Sole-3 production well for the Sole Gas Project located offshore Australia.

The well has been drilled to the total depth (TD) and intersected reservoir encountering consistent gas observations compared to the pre-drill expectations.

Cooper started drilling the Sole-3 well, situated in Gippsland Basin, at the beginning of the last month. The 97m-long near-horizontal reservoir section of the well was completed and the production string was installed during the process.

Preparations are currently underway for well flow back and expected to be ready within five to seven days.

The process was delayed by nearly one week due to various operational issues with the downhole service tool.

The Sole-3 reservoir section was completed utilising a stand-alone screen design without the gravel pack.

“The under-development Sole gas field is expected to commence gas supply to south-east Australia from next year.”

Designed after reviewing the test results, the sand screens installed in the well are expected to provide an effective screen of the Top Latrobe Group sandstone reservoir. It is expected to have inflow performance equivalent to the original design.

Following the clean-up and flow of this well, the drilling rig will be shifted around 40m to Sole-4 to resume drilling works.

The Sole-4 has already been drilled to a depth of 532m measured depth below rotary table (MDRT) in the Gippsland Limestone.

Furthermore, a 13 3/8in casing has been installed, as well as the Sole-4 wellhead has been tested after its placement.

The under-development Sole gas field is expected to commence gas supply to south-east Australia from next year.