Vancouver, British Columbia, February 7th, 2018. Newport Exploration Ltd (“Newport” or “the Company”) is pleased to provide an exploration activity update on licences in the Cooper Basin, Australia over which the Company has a 2.5% gross overriding royalty. This information was reported by Beach Energy Ltd (“Beach”) in a News Release dated 7th February, 2018 and, reference should be made to their website for their interpretation of the results and any plans to bring wells into production.
Western Flank Oil – ex PEL 91
Beach reports that its operated drilling program moved northwards to the Stunsail Field in ex PEL 91 where a full field development project commenced. The development project will comprise four wells from two, two-well campaigns.
The first two-well campaign was completed and consisted of pad-drilled vertical wells, Stunsail-4 and Stunsail-5, targeting the upper Namur and mid-Namur sandstones. The wells both intersected 2.5 metres of net oil pay in the upper Namur and 4.7 metres in the McKinlay Member. Stunsail-4 also intersected 0.7 metres of net pay in the mid-Namur. Both wells were cased and suspended as future Namur Sandstone producers.
Stunsail-4 and -5 also provided important appraisal information for the second phase of the campaign, two horizontal wells scheduled for later in the second half of Beach’s FY2018. The wells provided depth control points to ensure optimal lateral sections are drilled through the Birkhead and McKinlay Member formations, which will be targeted by the respective horizontal wells.
EXPLORATION AND APPRAISAL
Western Flank Oil – ex PEL 91
Beach reports it commenced a two-well oil appraisal campaign of the Kalladeina Field, located approximately 10 to 15 kilometres north northeast of the Bauer Field. The aim of the campaign is to extend the proven limits of the field to allow future in-fill development.
The Kalladeina Field has recently been re-mapped utilising the Solidus 3D seismic survey incorporating outputs from the velocity modelling project. This project identified a potential extension of the Kalladeina Field to the north of existing well control.
Kalladeina-3 was drilled approximately one kilometre to the north of the Kalladeina-2 McKinlay oil producer, and intersected 2.5 metres of net pay in the McKinlay Member. The well was cased and suspended as a future McKinlay oil producer. This well may also provide a depth control point for future McKinlay Member horizontal development drilling in the Kalladeina Field.
The Company receives its gross overriding royalty from the operator who is not a reporting issuer in Canada, and therefore, not required to comply with the requirements of NI 51-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities hence, Newport is not able to confirm if the disclosure satisfies the requirements of NI 51-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities, or other requirements of Canadian securities legislation.
The Company is unable to forecast potential productivity for each well and continues to strongly encourage shareholders and potential investors to access information released independently by Beach and Santos Ltd to keep current during exploration, development and production guidance of all the licences subject to the Company’s gross overriding royalty.
For further information contact:
Ian Rozier, Director and Chief Executive Officer
+1 604 685 6851
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