Westside starts drilling

Westside Corporation has begun its 2009 coal seam gas drilling campaign.

Westside Corporation has begun its 2009 coal seam gas drilling campaign in Queensland’s northern Bowen Basin, the company said in a statement.

The $8 million project will begin at the Tilbrook #8A well, which is the first of two exploratory wells to confirm the depths and thickness of the target coal seams.

According to Westside’s chairman and acting-CEO Angus Karoll, the company is encouraged by the similarities between the coal measures encountered at the Tilbrook pilot and those at the producing Moranbah Gas Fields, 90 km to the south.

“The 2009 program will also target the recently-identified, promising Bald Hill and

Mount St. Martin areas to the north of the Tilbrook pilot area,” he said.

The project will see a Lucas Mitchell rig will moved to the two new target areas later this month.

One core well will be drilled in each of these areas to assess coal quantities, depths and gas contents.

WestSide estimates that the northern section of the tenement contains 2,640 bcf of gas in place, in addition to the 306 bcf previously identified at Tilbrook.

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