By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, July 2 -- Noble Energy Inc. started production June 25 from Lost Ark field in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The field flowed from a single well on East Breaks Block 421 at a rate of 28 MMcfd with flowing tubing pressure of 3,100 psi.
Noble plans to ramp up production to 40 MMcf/d. Noble Energy's wholly owned subsidiary, Samedan Oil Corp., operates the field with 48% working interest. Forest Oil Corp., Denver, has 50% interest, and Noble Drilling Exploration Co. has 2%.
Lost Ark was discovered in 2001 and is in 2,700 ft of water. The field was developed with a subsea completion tied back via a 26-mile umbilical and flow line to a host platform (OGJ, Feb. 19, 2001).