Tiger Shoal gulf wildcat finds more pay

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Aug. 6 -- McMoRan Exploration Co., New Orleans, said its Flatrock deeper pool discovery well in Tiger Shoal field has encountered Miocene gas-condensate pay in three zones deeper than the five previously indicated productive in South Marsh Island Block 212 in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana.

Wireline logs indicated 30 net ft of hydrocarbon-bearing sands in a 120-ft gross interval in one sand, and log-while-drilling tools indicated 41 net ft in a 153-ft gross interval in two sands, all in the Operc section. Drilling has reached 18,100 ft enroute to 19,000 ft to evaluate more of the Operc.

The well previously cut 189 net ft of hydrocarbon-bearing sands in a combined 364-ft gross interval above 16,500 ft in the Rob-L section as indicated by wireline logs (OGJ Online, July 16, 2007).

McMoRan, operator with 25% interest, is permitting three offset locations to provide further options to develop the multiple reservoirs. Plains Exploration & Production Co. holds 30%.

Tiger Shoal field produced more than 3 tcf of gas from less than 12,500 ft.

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