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.
A couple of locals supervise our team.
Prepping the well pad site for the big rig en route.
We built a small bridge over a seasonal stream…
…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.
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.