International exploration and production company, TAG Oil Ltd. (TSX: TAO and OTCQX: TAOIF), reports that the Pukatea-1 well was completed at the Mt. Messenger formation, where 12.9 meters of oil-and-gas bearing sands were perforated. Following perforation, a flow test was completed during which the well flowed naturally at a rate of up to 600 b/d of fluids on initial well clean-up. Over a 12-hour test period using a 24/64” choke setting, the well flowed at a stabilized rate of ~276 boe/d (74% oil) without the need for artificial lift.
Toby Pierce, TAG Oil’s CEO, commented, “This very encouraging flow test paves the way for another potential TAG Oil-operated, high netback, oil field development in New Zealand. With TAG Oil’s current daily net production at ~1,297 boe and with Brent Oil prices currently over $68/b, we continue to realize solid cash flows as we optimize our Taranaki operations with a view to increase production within our core operating areas.”
Pukatea-1 is located in onshore Petroleum Exploration Permit 51153 (TAG Oil 70%) in the Taranaki Basin of New Zealand. The permit also contains the shut-in Puka-2 oil well, which can also be monetized upon field development. The oil produced during the Pukatea-1 flow test has been combined with other oil produced in the area and sold to the market at Brent Oil pricing.
About TAG Oil Ltd.
TAG Oil (http://www.tagoil.com/) is an international oil and gas explorer with established high netback production, development and exploration assets, including production infrastructure in New Zealand and Australia. TAG Oil is poised for significant reserve and production growth with several oil and gas fields under development and high-impact exploration in proven oil and gas fairways. TAG Oil is debt-free and currently has 85,282,252 shares outstanding.
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