France

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Nov. 11
– Hess Corp. let a contract to KCA Deutag to drill six wells targeting the Liassic shale oil source rock system in the Paris basin in France.

The first well, to spud in January 2011 on the Chateau Thierry exploration permit, will be drilled vertically to 3,000 m. Top of Liassic is expected at 2,300 m. Conventional cores will be taken throughout Liassic to evaluate reservoir and rock properties.

The Eurorig class land drilling rig T-208 is a 1,550-hp, top drive equipped unit that will be mobilized from northern Spain and is capable of drilling vertical and horizontal wellbores.

Toreador Resources Corp., Paris, will remain operator of record in the near-term while Hess will supervise drilling operations.

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