The Journey to Waitangi Valley-1

What goes into the building of a drill site? When it’s in the undeveloped East Coast Basin, even a small well pad nestled in the hills can take some infrastructure work. As always though, TAG Oil is careful to work within the landscape and keep a small footprint. Here are some photos from the field of our soon-to-be-spud Waitangi 
Valley-1 well.

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A couple of locals supervise our team.

A couple of locals supervise our team.

Prepping the well pad site for the big rig en route.

Prepping the well pad site for the big rig en route.

We built a small bridge over a seasonal stream…

We built a small bridge over a seasonal stream…

…That flooded from record winter rains. No harm done.

…That flooded from record winter rains. No harm done.

Conductor Pilot Hole Opener assembly, drills 17.5” hole down to a depth of 42m. Later a conductor hole is drilled to 26” size.

Conductor Pilot Hole Opener assembly, drills 17.5” hole down to a depth of 42m. Later a conductor hole is drilled to 26” size.

Welding a “20” conductor casing that will be cemented in the 26”  hole to a depth of 42m.

Welding a “20” conductor casing that will be cemented in the 26” hole to a depth of 42m.

Taking in the view in the winter sun, enjoying the new fence we built.

Taking in the view in the winter sun, enjoying the new fence we built.