Oil in granite concept due tests under Athabasca area

Canadian interests will make another try at evaluating deeper light oil potential beneath the vast Athabasca tar sands.They plan to re-enter a 5,500-ft well on the west outskirts of Fort McMurray, Alta., and production test five zones that had oil or gas shows during the original drilling effort in 1994, which stalled for lack of funds.The well, AOC 7-32-89-10w4, had shows at 2,580-2,680 ft, 2,900-3,000 ft, 4,690-4,790 ft, 4,850-4,950 ft, and 5,450-5,500 ft TD, said Robert O. Russell, a Calgary geologist whose consulting firm Akan Oil & Minerals Ltd. is involved in the project. Burnish Enterprises Ltd., Calgary, has the workover rig contract.Top of granite in the well is at 1,781 ft, and ...

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