On August 2 and August 4, 2019, two precision drilling rigs, spaced approximately 2.5km apart, commenced vertical drilling operations to an intermediate casing point of approximately 2,400m (2.4km).
Once those vertical sections were cased and cemented in place, both rigs continued to drill two multi-lateral wellbore sections towards each other until making precise and safe wellbore intersections of the 156mm (6.125in) diameter opposing boreholes.
As the multi-lateral wellbore intersections are now successfully intersected, the drilling rigs are being removed to allow for the installation of surface facilities and a buried pipeline.
"While we are very pleased to have completed the drilling phase of this demonstration project safely, efficiently, on-time and on-budget, Eavor and our partners remain focused on the commencement of our next phase of facility and pipeline construction with commissioning currently scheduled for Q4 2019," said Derek Riddell - vice president, operations.
The Eavor-Lite demonstration facility showcases Eavor's unique and proprietary design elements at a near-commercial scale. This innovative geothermal solution uses existing oil and gas drilling technology and expertise to facilitate a unique energy system known as Eavor-Loop.
"Several delegations from around the world have already visited and toured the demonstration site, with several more to come. The primary purpose for these tours and meetings is to allow business partners, international governments and regulators as well as potential customers for commercial implementations access for due diligence and technical review," added Paul Cairns, chief business development officer.
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