Merlin-2 Wireline Setup Commences – 88 Energy (ASX:AIM:88E) Update – Video

Rigging up and testing of tools for the wireline logging program being run at the Merlin-2 appraisal well program has commenced.

The wireline program is designed to confirm reservoir quality and to establish if mobile hydrocarbons are present with multiple runs that will include MDT for fluid sampling and flow potential measurements, sidewall cores and image logs. The program is expected to run approximately seven to ten days.
 

 
88 Energy earlier announce this week that Merlin-2 had successfully reached a Total Depth of 7,334 feet with all three target reservoirs in the Merlin-2 penetrated with elevated gas readings.

Observations of cuttings samples have revealed oil shows (under both white and ultraviolet light) overall target intervals. We look forward to updating shareholders at the completion of the wireline program.

All three Nanushuk targets (N20, N19 and N18) were penetrated during drilling, with Logging While Drilling ( LWD ) data and physical cuttings collected throughout the Merlin-2 program.

Initial observations of LWD logs and drill cuttings collected throughout the drilling operations revealed target intervals are thicker than those encountered in Merlin-1 as anticipated pre-drill, with oil shows noted under white light in the three target Nanushuk reservoirs. Fluorescence has also been observed in numerous samples when placed under an ultraviolet light, an indication of oil presence. Additionally, when solvent was applied to the fluorescing samples, “moderately fast” to “immediate and blooming” “cuts” were noted, the speed of which is often a proxy for sample permeability.

Finally, significant mud gas peaks were detected across all target sequences in the Nanushuk, with marked increases in the heavier carbon compounds (C2-C5) observed in each. Further and more detailed analysis will be conducted on the mud gas samples upon the mud gas isotube delivery to 88 Energy’s preferred lab.

A sophisticated wireline logging program will now be run which is designed to confirm reservoir quality and to establish if mobile hydrocarbons are present. The wireline logging program will consist of multiple runs that will include MDT for fluid sampling and flow potential measurements, side wall cores and image logs, and is expected to take approximately seven to ten days to complete.

A further update on the evaluation of the Merlin-2 results will be provided following completion of the wireline logging program, including with respect to further evaluation activities planning.


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