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McMoRan to reperforate Davy Jones gulf shelf well

McMoRan Exploration Co., New Orleans, will reperforate its Davy Jones-1 well on the Gulf of Mexico shelf offshore Louisiana with electric wireline through-tubing guns after having limited success in unblocking the original perforations using a propellant stimulation gun.

Meanwhile, McMoRan will set production liner at the Blackbeard West-2 ultradeep exploratory well on Ship Shoal Block 188. Total depth is 25,584 ft.

The company identified three potential hydrocarbon-bearing Miocene sand sections between 20,800 ft and 24,000 ft from log and core data. An initial completion attempt is expected on 50 net ft of laminated sands in the Middle Miocene at about 24,000 ft.

The well also penetrated 80 net ft of potential low-resistivity pay at 22,400 ft and an approximate 75-ft gross section at approximately 20,900 feet. Pressure and temperature data indicate that conventional equipment and technology could be used on a completion try at this depth.

McMoran said operator Chevron USA Inc. has drilled the Lineham Creek exploratory well onshore in Cameron Parish, La., to 25,250 ft, set liner, and is preparing to drill ahead to a proposed 29,000 ft to evaluate Eocene and Paleocene objectives. As previously reported, the well encountered what appear on logs to be hydrocarbon bearing porous sands above 24,000 ft.

McMoran’s Lomond North ultradeep prospect in the Highlander area in St. Martin Parish 65 miles north of Davy Jones is drilling below 12,900 ft. The well is projected to 30,000 ft and targets Eocene, Paleocene, and Cretaceous objectives below the salt weld.


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