Alaska Point Thomson drilling under way, AOGA told

05/25/2009
ExxonMobil Corp. expects the first well in Alaska’s $1.3 billion Point Thomson condensate project to cost $209 million compared with $6-8 million for a typical well in Prudhoe Bay field.The first well was drilling May 13 at 3,600 ft in 7½-in. surface hole, Craig Haymes, Alaska production manager for ExxonMobil, told 540 people at the Alaska Oil & Gas Association annual luncheon on May 13 in Anchorage. The Nabors rig, brought in over a 60-mile ice road from Deadhorse, Alas., underwent a $35 million upgrade. It now has a 172-ft derrick and a mud system that can pump 1,800 gal/min at 5,000 psi.The well will turn horizontally under the Beaufort Sea from its coastal pad and re...
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