Pulsar Helium spuds Jetstream #1 appraisal well in Minnesota

Pulsar Helium has spudded its Jetstream #1 appraisal well at the Topaz helium project in Minnesota, marking what its President and CEO described as a “significant moment for the company.”

The Canadian helium exploration and production firm confirmed today (5th February) that the Jetstream #1 well will be drilled to a depth of 686m, with contingency in place to extend to 762-meters.

A mass spectrometer will provide gas composition every 100 seconds, with gas samples to be collected when zones of helium gas response are encountered. Upon reaching total depth, a comprehensive suite of open-hole wireline logs will be acquired by Baker Hughes.

Following the wireline data acquisition, the well will be completed, and the rig will be released and demobilised. A well testing package will then mobilise and rig up on the Jetstream #1 well, execute a flow testing and pressure build-up programme, and collect pressurised gas sample data.

Thomas Abraham-James, President and CEO of Pulsar, said the objective at Jetstream #1 is to replicate the original discovery of 10.5% helium, conduct extensive down-hole testing, and persist deeper into the ground to determine what else may be down there.

He concluded, “Our meticulous planning has paid off, and all is going according to schedule.”

Back in January, Pulsar Helium confirmed that it would be drilling the Jetstream #1 appraisal on 2nd February 2024.

Read more: Pulsar Helium sets a date to drill appraisal well in Minnesota

Located in Minnesota, Pulsar Helium’s flagship Topaz Project is believed to be home to one of the world’s highest-content helium occurrences, having been drilled and flowing 10.5% helium with only trace hydrocarbons present.

The background of the project goes back to another company that was there exploring nickel and platinum in the area where Topaz is located – a location that happens to have the ideal geology for nickel and copper.

As the company was drilling an exploration hole, the workers encountered gas and vacated the rig after taking samples. Following a full chemical analysis at two different laboratories, one at the University of Toronto, the results came back showing that the gas was not combustible and that the gas contained 10.5% helium, which was “one of the highest-grade helium discoveries in history,” Abraham-James told gasworld TV last year.

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