VANCOUVER, May 14, 2013 /CNW/ - TAG Oil Ltd. (TSX: TAO) and (OTCQX:
TAOIF), reports that TAG's 100%-controlled Ngapaeruru-1 exploration
well has reached a total depth of 1417 meters after successfully
drilling through the Waipawa and Whangai source rock formations, the
main objective of the well.
Excellent mud gas shows - which indicate the presence of gas zones or
soluble gas in oil - were recorded between the intervals of 1140 -
1295m (155m gross hydrocarbon column). Preliminary gas ratio analysis
interprets a predominantly wet gas / oil signature. All data has now
been forwarded to independent laboratories for expert analysis.
In addition, TAG Oil cut and recovered sidewall cores over 14 separate
intervals within the 155 meters of potential unconventional oil and gas
pay, sampled total organic content (TOC) and acquired in-situ gas analysis at depth. Detailed petrophysical evaluation is now
underway with a full suite of unconventional logs to ascertain source
rock quality, fracture identification, geochemistry, and rock moduli
data. This data is critical to determining the most suitable completion
method and production testing of the Ngapaeruru-1 well, as well as to
better understanding the long term feasibility of TAG's East Coast
"Our team did an excellent job drilling this first ever unconventional
target in the East Coast Basin," commented Drew Cadenhead, TAG's Chief
Operating Officer. "Diligence and communication made certain that the
occasionally tricky drilling conditions in this Basin were handled as
planned: safely, efficiently, and with no environmental incidents. The
fact that early mud-log analysis has returned wet gas and oil
indications is both encouraging and very exciting. We're looking
forward to more detailed results once analysis of the data acquired
from the Ngapaeruru-1 well is complete."
Ngapaeruru-1 is located in TAG's 100%-controlled Petroleum Exploration
Permit 38349 in the East Coast Basin of New Zealand. The Ngapaeruru-1
well represents New Zealand's first test directly targeting the
naturally fractured Waipawa and Whangai formation source rocks which is
believed to contain a significant oil and gas resource.
For further information on the Ngapaeruru-1 exploration well and TAG
Oil's unconventional prospects please visit:
TAG Oil Ltd.
TAG Oil Ltd. (http://www.tagoil.com/) is a Canadian-based production and exploration company with operations
focused exclusively in New Zealand. With 100% ownership over all its
core assets, including extensive oil and gas production infrastructure,
TAG is enjoying substantial oil and gas production and reserve growth
through development of several light oil and gas discoveries. TAG is
also actively drilling high-impact exploration prospects identified
across more than 2,984,171 net acres of land in New Zealand.
In the East Coast Basin, TAG is exploring the major unconventional
resource potential believed to exist in the source-rock formations that
are widespread over the Company's acreage. These oil-rich and naturally
fractured formations have many similarities to North America's Bakken
source-rock formation in the successful Williston Basin.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:
Statements contained in this news release that are not historical facts
are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and
uncertainty affecting the business of TAG. Such statements can be
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"schedules", "prepares", "potential" and similar expressions, or that
events or conditions "will", "would", "may", "could" or "should" occur.
All estimates and statements that describe the Company's objectives,
mudlog gas readings, oil indicators, drilling, goals and or future
plans with respect to the drilling in the East Coast Basin
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necessarily involve risks and uncertainties including, without
limitation: risks associated with oil and gas exploration, development,
exploitation and production, geological risks, marketing and
transportation, the risk associated with estimating undiscovered
original initially-in-place, availability of adequate funding,
volatility of commodity prices, environmental risks, competition from
others, and changes in the regulatory and taxation environment. Actual
results may vary materially from the information provided in this
release, and there is no representation by TAG Oil that the actual
results realized in the future will be the same in whole or in part as
those presented herein.
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TAG's most recently filed reports in Canada under National Instrument
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TAG undertakes no obligation, except as otherwise required by law, to
update these forward-looking statements in the event that management's
beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors change.
SOURCE: TAG Oil Ltd.
For further information:
Dan Brown or Garth Johnson
TAG Oil Ltd., 1-604-682-6496