31 August 2013, News Wires – Australia-listed Oil Search reported that as at 06:00 hours Papua New Guinea, PNG, time Aug. 29, the Kidukidu 1 well, which is located in Petroleum Prospecting License, PPL, 385 in the Gulf of Papua off PNG, was at a total depth of 8,848 feet (2,697 metres) and preparations were underway to pull out of the hole and run wireline logs.
During the week, 9.625 inch casing was set and 1,565 feet (477 metres) of 8.5 inch hole was drilled. Minor gas shows were encountered within two sand intervals, of 167 feet (51 metres) and 65.6 feet (20 metres) gross thickness respectively, which will be evaluated further with the logging programme.
The Kidukidu prospect, which lies 166.5 miles (268 kilometers) west-northwest of Port Moresby, is in a water depth of 321.5 feet (98 meters). The primary objective is a submarine, basin-slope fan sandstone of Pleistocene age. Kidukidu 1 is the third and final well to be drilled in the current Oil Search offshore Gulf of Papua campaign.
The participants in Kidukidu 1 are Oil Search (PNG) Limited (100 percent) and Total (100 percent).