Canada-based oil and gas company, Bengal Energy, has commenced drilling on the Cuisinier 7 appraisal well, located in the Barta sub-block of Authority to Prospect (ATP), Cooper Basin, Australia.

The Cuisinier 7, on its Extended Production Test period, has shown daily production of about 750 barrels of oil per day (bopd), while it is the first well drilled as part of the planned 2013 five-well development programme.

The Cuisinier drilling programme comprises five firm and one contingent development and appraisal wells, which is designed to enhance pool productivity and to find pool size.

Each well will target the primary Murta Formation, while there are plans to drill to the depth of about 1,750m, and drilling and evaluation time is expected to be about two weeks.

The oil from the Cuisinier pool in the month of January 2013 has been sold at the price of $120 per barrel.

The operator of the Cuisinier project said it has received regulatory approvals and ministerial grant of the Petroleum Lease and the production from all eight wells in the Cuisinier pool is expected to take place in April 2013.

The construction of the sales pipeline from Cuisinier to the Cook production facility has been completed, while the eight Cuisinier wells will be connected to production infrastructure of the Cook facility by April 2013.