Historic Gulf of Mexico gas field responds to redevelopment

One of the Gulf of Mexico's oldest fields has responded positively to a redevelopment program that began last year.Vermilion 39 gas, oil, and condensate field, discovered in 1948, attained record production of 17,500 boe/d in the last few days of 1999. Broken out at 100.2 MMcfd of gas and 802 st-tk b/d of oil and condensate, this exceeded the previous peak of 16,700 boe/d in 1980. The yearend rate was 59.5 MMcfd and 256 b/d greater than when redevelopment began in April 1999.Redevelopment allowed addition of more than 7 million boe of reserves, said the operator, Unocal Corp.'s Spirit Energy 76 unit. That volume is made up of 42.2 bcf of gas and 131,000 bbl of liquids. Spirit hold...

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