Paralana Geothermal Project
Paralana Geothermal Project
Adelaide, July 2, 2009 AEST (ABN Newswire) - Beach Petroleum Limited (ASX:BPT)(PINK:BEPTF) announces the drilling report for the week ending 1 July, 2009. Highlights of the week's activities include:

Beach Petroleum Operated Cooper / Eromanga Exploration

Cheetima-1, the fourth well in a six well oil exploration program in PEL 92, spudded on 1 July. The well is currently drilling ahead at a depth of 97 metres. Cheetima-1, located 4.7 km northwest of the Parsons oil field, is addressing potential mean recoverable oil reserves of 1.2mmb and a high side potential of 2.6mmb (recoverable). Interests in the six well program are Beach Petroleum Ltd (75%) and Cooper Energy Ltd (25%).

Beach Petroleum Operated Cooper / Eromanga Production Activities

Recent Completions in PEL 106 Farmin Block

A two well campaign in late 2008 resulted in two exploration well successes, Brownlow-1 and Canunda-1, which intersected gas in the Permian Patchawarra Formation. The wells were cased and suspended to allow future testing.

On 10 June 2009, Brownlow-1 was perforated over a 5 metre interval. The well was briefly cleaned up to remove completion fluids from the wellbore and was then shut-in pending extended production testing which is intended for the later half of the year. During the one hour clean up the well was produced through a half inch choke at 2,580 psia wellhead pressure which suggests flow rates in excess of 12 million standard cubic feet per day. This exceptional deliverability is consistent with the expectation of high productivity based on the wireline logs obtained in 2008.

Canunda-1 intersected gas in several sands and was completed as a multi-tandem to enable selective testing and production of each. A total of 13 metres of sand was perforated in three separate intervals. On 19 June 2009, the deepest of the three zones was perforated and flowed back for one hour to clean out completion fluids from the wellbore. During the clean up the well produced with a wellhead pressure of approximately 2,000 psia through a half inch choke which suggests a flow rate of 9 million standard cubic feet per day. The two higher zones perforated in the well will be assessed individually during the upcoming testing program.

The extended production tests, which will be conducted to a production separator with accurate metering capabilities, will better define the production potential of the wells, provide compositional information on the gas and assist in understanding the reserves potential for both fields.

Having completed the two wells, Beach has fully met its farmin obligations. Interests in the two wells and the PEL 106 FI Block, upon completion of relevant assignment documentation, will be Beach (50%) and Drillsearch (50%).

Completions in PEL 92 Exploration Successes

With the workover rig in the area to complete the two gas wells, an opportunity existed to complete the recent oil exploration successes at Perlubie South-1 and Butlers-1.

Perlubie South-1, which reached TD on 12 June, was completed and perforated on 23 June. The well flowed at a rate of 740 bopd and was shut-in pending application for an extended production test and connection to the pipeline gathering network that links into existing production facilities at the Parsons field. The well is expected to be producing to facilities at the end of the third quarter of 2009.

The workover rig is currently installing the completion at Butlers-1, which reached TD on 23 June. The well, which will be connected back to the Perlubie area network, will be perforated on 1 July.

Interests in Perlubie South-1 and Butlers-1 are Beach Petroleum Ltd (75%) and Cooper Energy Ltd (25%).

Arrowie Basin (South Australia) - Paralana-2 Geothermal Exploration Well

The Paralana-2 geothermal exploration well spudded on 30 June and is currently drilling ahead at a depth of 189 metres. Interests in Paralana-2 are tenement Operator Petratherm (69%), well Operator Beach Petroleum Ltd (earning 21%) and TRUenergy (earning 10%). The equities indicated for Beach and TRUenergy are after completion of farmin obligations, which include participation in the drilling of Paralana-2 plus a follow-up well.

Browse Basin, Offshore Western Australia - Burnside 1 Gas Exploration Well

Burnside 1 is at a depth of 2448 metres. The current operation is pulling out of hole to investigate issues with intermediate casing. Interests in Burnside-1 are Santos Offshore Pty Ltd (Operator, 47.83%), Beach Petroleum Ltd (7.34%), INPEX Browse, Ltd. (20%) and Chevron Australia P/L (24.83%).
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Well                 Participants
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Cheetima-1           BPT*    75.00%  
PEL 92               COE     25.00%  
Oil Exploration                         
C/E Basin, SA                           
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Weekly Progress & Summary                 Primary Targets
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Report Time:    0600 hrs (CST) 01/07/2009       Namur Sst,
Depth:          97m                      Poolowanna Fm (s)
Operation:      Spuded at 0100hrs 01/07/2009. 
                Drilling ahead.               Birkhead Fm, 
Progress:       97m                         Hutton Sst (s)


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Well                 Participants
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Paralana-2              BPT*    21.00%  
GEL 178                 PTR     69.00%  
Geothermal Expln        TRU     10.00%  
Arrowie Basin, SA                       
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Weekly Progress & Summary                 Primary Targets
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Report Time:    0600 hrs (CST) 01/07/2009   Upper Cannana
Depth:          189m                     or Bolla Bollana
Operation:      Spudded at 1100hrs 
                30/06/2009. Drilling ahead.                  
Progress:       189m                    

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Well                 Participants
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Burnside-1              BPT     7.34%   
WA 281P (offshore)      STO*    47.83%  
Gas Exploration         IBL     20.00%  
Browse Basin, WA        CVX     24.83%  
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Weekly Progress & Summary                 Primary Targets
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Report Time:    0600 hrs,(WST)01/07/2009  Lower Cretaceous
Depth:          2448m                                sands
Operation:      Investigating intermediate casing issues.                       
Progress:       707m                    

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Well                 Participants
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Cowralli-11             BPT     20.21%  
PPL 91 (PSW Block)      STO*    66.60%  
Gas Development         ORG     13.19%   
C/E Basin, SA                           
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Weekly Progress & Summary                 Primary Targets
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Report Time:    0600 hrs(CST)01/07/2009    Patchawarra Fm
Depth:          1573m                   
Operation:      Drilling ahead in  Early Cretaceous section.                   
Progress:       1573m                   

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Well                 Participants
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Theta-2                 BPT     23.20%  
Total 66                STO*    60.06%  
Gas Development         ORG     16.74%        
C/E Basin, QLD                          
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Weekly Progress & Summary                 Primary Targets
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Report Time:    0600 hrs(CST)01/07/2009      Toolachee Fm
Depth:          2381m (TD)              Tirrawarra Sst (s)
Operation:      Pulling out of hole prior 
                to running wireline logs.               
Progress:       1617m                   


* Operator                                                              
(s)  Secondary Targets 
ASX:BPT Beach Petroleum Ltd
ASX:PTR Petratherm Ltd
ASX:COE Cooper Energy   
ASX:STO Santos Limited 
ASX:CVX Chevron Australia Pty Ltd
ASX:TRU TRUenergy Pty Ltd       
ASX:ORG Origin Energy Resources Ltd
ASX:IBL INPEX Browse, Ltd.


About Beach Energy Limited

Beach Energy Limited (ASX:BPT) is a long established oil and gas Exploration and Production Company, based in Adelaide, South Australia.

 


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Chief Operating Officer
TEL: +61-8-8338-2833



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