New Zealand oil and gas company, Kea Petroleum, has announced the completion of the workover of the Puka-2 well.

The workover is part of Phase 1 of the farm-out agreement for petroleum exploration permit (PEP) 51153 with MEO New Zealand, which is intended to boost existing production and assist future field appraisal.

It includes the workover of Puka-2 and the drilling of a new well, Puka-3, from the existing pad. The total NZ $5 million funding for Phase 1 has been received from both parties.

The workover operations at the Puka-2 well, in PEP 51153, commenced on Wednesday 2 June 2014. The downhole pump and rods were removed and inspected. Very fine sand was observed in the pump mechanism, and this is believed to have contributed to the pump failure announced on 11 February 2014.

The damaged pump was replaces and the new pump installed with a different downhole configuration to better suit the reservoir characteristics.

The well is now back in production following the completion of the workover operations.

Ian Brown, Managing Director of Kea’s operating subsidiaries in New Zealand, said: “We are very pleased to have safely completed the first operations under the agreement with MEO on time and on budget.”

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