Area Drilling

EcuadorExtensive production and pressure tests indicate that the first of two horizontal wells on Oriente Block 17 appears capable of producing oil at rates in excess of 10,000 b/d from Cretaceous Lower Napo U, said operator Vintage Petroleum Inc., Tulsa.Higher-volume lift equipment would be needed to sustain such rates. Production from Hormiguero-4, with a 1,400-ft horizontal leg in the vertical 42-ft pay zone, will be restricted until completion of the OCP pipeline set for mid-2003. Hormiguero-3 is drilling.Vintage plans to sell the Ecuadoran properties to reduce debt.Gulf of MexicoDevon Energy Corp., Oklahoma City, brought on line a discovery in 567 ft of water on Viosca Knoll Block 69...

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