Giant Grand Bay field's output climbing

Saratoga Resources is raising oil and gas production from giant Grand Bay field in Plaquemines Parish, La., and believes that only about one third of the field's reserve potential has been evaluated.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Dec. 2 -- Saratoga Resources Inc., Houston, is increasing oil and gas production from giant Grand Bay oil and gas field in Plaquemines Parish, La., and believes that only about one third of the field's reserve potential has been evaluated.

The company has begun gas production from shallow Pliocene sands with the QQ15 well, completed Nov. 25, producing 1.063 MMcfd of gas and 3 b/d of water on a 19/64-in. choke.

Discovered in 1938, Grand Bay has only three wells drilled deeper than 15,000 ft. The shallow Pliocene gas has never been exploited although it shows up on 3D seismic and well logs.

The field, which has produced from more than 30 stacked sands at 3,000-13,500 ft, averaged 1,200 b/d of oil and 1.3 MMcfd of gas from 60 wells in late 2008, up from 562 b/d and 575 Mcfd in July. Well density is relatively light across the field's 16,000 net acres.

Saratoga Resources, with 100% working interest in nearly the entire field, owns a 90 sq mile 3D seismic survey. The company believes the field has at least 50 proved developed workover or recompletion opportunities in 37 wellbores and one proved undeveloped drilling opportunity.

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