Planning affects deepwater Apia, Black Widow projects

Click here to enlarge imageIntensive preplanning and coordination among completion team members allowed Mariner Energy Inc. (MEI) to begin production at 40 MMcfd on its Apia well (Gulf of Mexico, Garden Banks 73 No. 1) only 61/2 months after discovery (Fig. 1).Some of the challenges that MEI overcame during the project included an accelerated development cycle, high-rate flow tests under low surface pressures, and the inaugural use of the newly refurbished semisubmersible, the Noble Homer Ferrington.MEI also employed the same rig on back-to-back operations to complete the company's first subsea oil well in a single-well development at Black Widow (Ewing Banks 966 No. 1). The Black W...

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