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Wednesday, 16 November 1927

Senator McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The Minister for Home and Territories has supplied the following answer : -

Boring at the site now being tested at Popo, which is known as the No. 4 site, commenced in August last, and on the 18th October had been carried to a depth of 899 feet, when a breakage of casing occurred. Various devices have been resorted to with a view of overcoming the difficulty, but. at the date of the latest advice from the field, the defect had not been remedied. Mr. C. E. Clark, one of the principal drilling experts of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, who is being sent to Popo to study the problem of drilling though the flowing mud strata encountered in connexion with the earlier bores, is to leave Sydney for Papua this week, and will personally look into the existing difficulties.

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