El Paso E&P to ramp up Eagle Ford activity in 2011

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, June 23
-- El Paso Exploration & Production Co. has completed three gas-condensate and gas wells at or above expectations in the South Texas Eagle Ford shale trend where it holds 165,000 net acres and plans to expand activity in 2011.

The company will drill and complete one more well in the dry gas part of the trend and then run two rigs in the gas-condensate area the rest of the year. It called Eagle Ford one of its most profitable programs and said it sees the play as a “key source of reserve and production growth for many years.”

About 100,000 net acres of El Paso’s holding are in the liquids-rich area north of the play’s dry gas window, where gas streams analyze 1,350 btu/scf.

The recent completions, all in LaSalle County, are:

• Hixon-4H flowed 2.1 MMcfd with 765 b/d of 53.5° gravity condensate on a 23/64-in. choke with 1,811 psi flowing casing pressure after 18 fracs in a 5,000-ft lateral at 9,900 ft true vertical depth.

• Hixon-2H flowed 1.6 MMcfd and 584 b/d of 53.5° gravity condensate on a 21/64-in. choke with 1,543 psi flowing casing pressure after 13 fracs in a 3,800-ft lateral at 9,900 ft TVD.

• Nunley Traylor-1H, in the dry gas area, flowed 6.4 MMcfd on an 18/64-in. choke with 5,100 psi flowing casing pressure after 14 fracs in a 4,000-ft lateral at 12,600 ft TVD. Engineering analysis indicated that this well has the same producing capability as the Briscoe Nunley GU-1H well, which had an initial rate of 8.1 MMcfd on a 24/64-in. choke with 3,750 psi flowing casing pressure.

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