The company had earlier suspended drilling at the well after mechanical problems forced it to pull back the casing shoe at 580m to secure the hole.
The East Wing-1 well had reached a depth of 1916m in the Belfast Formation, above the targeted Waarre Formation, pior to the suspension. East Wing-1 has a planned total depth of about 2400m.
East Wing-1 in PEP 168 is targeting a gas accumulation in the Waarre C Sandstone and could potentially hold 5-10 billion cubic feet of recoverable gas, Essential said.
Essential owns 100% of the PEP 168 permit.