ExxonMobil plans gas injection for Hawkins field

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Jan. 13
-- ExxonMobil Production Co. plans to reinject nitrogen and other gases to produce an additional 40 million boe from mature Hawkins field in northeastern Texas.

Company officials plan to install equipment to recover the gases from the field’s natural gas production and reinject them into the reservoir to increase production. They claim the project will reduce the plant's air emissions by almost one-third and extend the life of the field, discovered by the forerunner of ExxonMobil in 1940, for an additional 25 years.

Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter, employing a workforce of 300 at its peak. Start-up is anticipated in late 2011.

Hawkins field lies in Wood County about 100 miles east of Dallas and is one of the largest fields discovered in the state. Over the past 70 years, it has produced more than 800 million bbl of oil.

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