In 2013, Nautec Energy Solutions (Nautec) was invited to assist Strike Energy Limited in delivering their appraisal drilling campaign in the Cooper Basin. Nautec was enlisted to provide complete project management and safe delivery of drilling, stimulation and well testing, from concept to the execution phase.

Given the financial, logistical and technical complexities of the campaign, effective integration with the client was crucial to delivering the project successfully. Nautec approached this challenge by aligning with Strike’s operations and processes, while taking the lead in managing the project.

The Client

Strike Energy Limited (Strike) is an active small exploration and production company

Established in 1997 and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 2004, Strike is headquartered in Perth, Western Australia

Strike has major unconventional (shale oil and gas) and conventional development projects in the Cooper Basin, South Australia and Carnarvon Basin, offshore Western Australia, and Eagle Ford Shale, Texas and Gulf Coast Conventional, Texas & Louisiana, USA

The Scope

Review and approval of well design

Rig selection and contract management

Well cost estimates and AFE development

Full engineering support and resourcing of industry experts

Full end-to-end project management services

Day-to-day management and supervision of drilling operations

The Challenges

Financial and logistical limitations were the driving factors in the project management of the campaign

Drilling in well sites was challenging due to remote locations, with very limited infrastructure and support available

Highly complex drilling due to nature of formations (shales with high tendency to swell) and critical equipment operations due to operating conditions

Highly skilled personnel, advanced technology and equipment were critical to success due to the technical complexity of the project

The Services

Geological services including daily formation analysis and reporting

Drilling engineering services including review and approval of well design, development of casing and tubing design and well construction manual, and rig selection

A complete drilling project management service package including project planning, administration, forward forecasting and reporting

Procurement management services including tender documentation

Cost management including daily cost tracking, forecasting and reporting

Site supervision and overall management of drilling and well stimulation operations

The Outcome

Effective integration with client, with the Nautec resources sitting in client’s office and remote site while leading the team for the duration of the campaign

Proactive cost management integrated with operational performance which enabled Strike to better manage joint venture partner expectations

Project delivered on time and on budget despite changes in scope

Project operations conducted with no lost time incidents and/or HSE incidents

Project managed and coordinated with multiple third party contractor services