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State Gas Nyanda-4 testing proves gas production to be possible below usual depths

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State Gas Ltd’s production log testing (PLT) at Nyanda-4 has confirmed that in addition to gas production from coal seams between 400 m and 1000 m, gas is being successfully produced at Reid’s Dome at depths below 1150m, well below the usual depths regarded as the limit for the production of coal-seam gas.

State Gas Nyanda-4 testing proves gas production to be possible below usual depths

State Gas is appraising the coal seam gas potential of its 100% owned Reid’s Dome Project at PL231. The coals at Reid’s Dome extend to depths well below those usually regarded as productive. The particular geological features of the dome, as well as analogue wells elsewhere, led to the company’s hypothesis that the coal seams would produce gas from much deeper than is typical. This hypothesis has now been proved.

The company has been production testing the Nyanda-4, Nyanda-7 and Nyanda-8 wells at Reid’s Dome. Gas flow data from those tests strongly indicated that gas is being produced from the lower seams. To confirm that this is the case, the company recently ran a PLT at the Nyanda-4 well.

The Nyanda-4 well intersected 40 m of net coal, between 394 m and 1177 m, with the lowest coals positioned just above the bottom of the well at 1200 m depth. Both temperature logs and noise logs were acquired by the PLT to identify the zones from which the gas is being produced.

The PLT results demonstrated that good flows came from both near the top of the coals (with the top producing interval between 400 m to 600 m), and importantly, good flows from the bottom section of the well below 1150 m.

The confirmation of gas production at greater depths is commercially important in confirming not just more productive zones in the Reids Dome Beds, but also a much larger productive area. The coal seams dip down away from the crest of the dome; and if the depth cut off for productive coals is deeper a much more expansive area of the dome can be expected to produce. This means significantly more gas reserves will be available to the project than if the coals were limited to typical CSG depths.

“This is unambiguously good news,” commented Richard Cottee, Executive Chairman of the company.

“These results prove conclusively that we can produce economically at depths exceeding 1000 m naturally, unaided by any form of stimulation. We can now show that coals at these depths in Reid’s Dome need to be included in assessments of the field’s production potential, right down the full depth of the wells.”


On completion of the PLT, Nyanda-4 was returned to production and is currently producing 138 000 ft3/d. The Nyanda-7 and Nyanda-8 wells at Reid’s Dome are producing 7000 ft3/d and 38 000 ft3/d respectively.

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