Austral Pacific Reports A7 Well Success

Austral Pacific Reports A7 Well Success

Austral Pacific Energy Ltd. Austral announces the results of its Cheal-A7 well which reached a total depth of 1848m on July 10th, 2008. The well intercepted 7 meters of oil-bearing sands in the MM3 Formation as prognosed at approximately 1695m MD and the MM2 sand at 1730m.

The current Cheal wells program was designed to test the reserve potential in the Cheal field area. The locations were chosen, based on the regional 3D seismic data set, to have potential to add both reserves and increased production from sands lying above the regional oil water contact.

Cheal A7 has been drilled and logged and encountered both of the anticipated oil saturated Mt Messenger sandstone reservoirs at the expected depth and slightly thicker than prognosed from the 3d seismic survey.

Austral as operator for the Joint Venture (Austral Pacific Energy Ltd 69.5% and TAG Oil 30.5%) is in the process of completing both zones and preparing a temporary tie back into the Cheal facility to production test the well.

Commenting upon the result, Mr Jewell Austral CEO said “We were pleased with the results of the A7 well both for its ability to significantly increase the field production rates in the immediate term and, as importantly, for its confirmation of the seismic model that we use to improve the probability of drilling successful wells and expanding this play trend.”

The Cheal field is currently producing approximately 420 barrels of oil per day and this well has the potential to increase that production to approximately 650 bopd. There is a ready market for this oil at world oil prices.

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Phone: Thom Jewell, CEO +64 (4) 495 0880

Source: Austral Pacific Energy Ltd.

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