AWE Limited has reported continuing success with its appraisal of the Waitsia gas field north of Perth, with the well successfully encountering gas at the first target level.

The company reported that the Waitsia-4 appraisal well has successfully intersected the Kingia formation, with good gas shows were observed and wireline logs will be acquired to confirm reservoir quality.

The well is now drilling towards the second primary target, the High Cliff Sandstone.
It is being directionally drilled to a planned maximum total depth of 3,834 m and is designed to appraise the gas potential in the eastern extension of the Waitsia Field.

Waitsia-4 is located approximately 18.5 km south-east of Dongara and 3.3 km north-northeast of Waitsia-3.

Discovered in September 2014, the Waitsia field is regarded as the largest onshore conventional gas discovery in Australia for the last 30 years and has the capability to supply the domestic market with 100 TJ/d for 10 years from conventional reservoirs.