Oil and gas firm Apache Corp said that the Zola-1 discovery in license WA-290-P, offshore Western Australia, logged 410ft of net pay in three Triassic Mungaroo sands over a depth range of 13,450ft-15,100ft below sea level.

Logging tools and formation pressure tests confirmed at least two separate natural gas columns with excellent reservoir characteristics.

Zola-1 is located in the Carnarvon basin 60 miles north-northwest of Onslow, Western Australia, in water depths of 930ft.

A new seismic survey covering the Zola structure is planned later in 2011, the company said.

Apache Northwest, a subsidiary of Apache Corp, owns a 30.25% interest and operates the WA-290-P permit, which comprises approximately 119,000 acres.

Apache acquired its interest in WA-290-P as part of seven transactions completed last year that increased the company’s gross acreage in Australia by more than 40%.

Zola is the first well drilled on the acquired acreage.