Cunningham Energy has started drilling horizontal shallow oil well Cochran #6H of the Rhino three well drilling program.


The new horizontal well’s planned measured depth is around 5,200m with a vertical depth of about 2,100m.

For compartmentalisation and completion of the reservoir during stimulation, Cunningham has chosen the Packers Plus completion system.

All three Rhino horizontal wells are targeting oil in the Big Injun sand formation in Union district of Clay county of US, according to Cunningham.

The company plans to use its Speedstar 185 drilling rig in conjunction with the new wells.

Cunningham Energy Ryan Cunningham said the company is pleased to be part of the new horizontal method of producing the Big Injun oil sand in the Appalachian basin.

"Shallow horizontal drilling represents what is likely to be a resurgence of the old oilfields our Grandfathers told us stories about in the past," Cunningham added.

Currently, the company is about to complete a five well shallow vertical drilling program in the immediate area, which has been completed main electrical along with natural gas takeaway infrastructure.

Cunningham plans to spud the second and third Rhino shallow horizontal wells during late February.

Image: Cunningham has commenced drilling of first horizontal shallow oil well of the Rhino Three Well Drilling Program. Photo: Courtesy of suwatpo/