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Norwest Energy To Start Fracture Stimulation Of Perth Basin Unconventional Gas Well This Week

Norwest Energy (ASX: NWE) expects to start fracture stimulation of its Arrowsmith-2 unconventional well on 27 July when the final part of the Halliburton equipment arrives.

The frac program will start with the deepest target - the High Cliff Sandstone - which a diagnostic fracture injection test confirmed was favourable for fraccing.

Should the High Cliff prove capable of producing economically, the formation can be quickly brought on stream to provide early cash flow due to the well's proximity to both the Dampier to Bunbury Pipeline and the underutilised Parmelia Pipeline.

The frac spread will then be deployed to one of AWE's two wells in the program while clean-up and flow back is carried out on this zone.

The process will then be repeated through the Kockatea Shale, the Carynginia Formation and the Irwin River Coal Measures to maximise use of the equipment and reduce standby charges.

This program is expected to take up to 8 weeks, with early results expected in the first few weeks along with more solid data being available at the end of the program.

Once the well has been stimulated, the results from the well testing program will enable Norwest to establish the viability of the various target zones for future gas production.

Partners in EP 413 are operator Norwest with 27.945%, AWE Limited (ASX: AWE) with 44.252% and India's Bharat PetroResources (27.803%).

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