Mariner reports Gulf of Mexico discoveries

Mariner Energy is operator of the Bushwood and Smoothie discoveries and participated in the Heidelberg discovery operated by Anadarko Petroleum in the Gulf of Mexico.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Feb. 2 -- Mariner Energy Inc., Houston, is operator of the Bushwood and Smoothie discoveries and participated in the Heidelberg discovery operated by Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in the Gulf of Mexico.

Bushwood-1, formerly Geauxpher-3, is a conventional deepwater amplitude prospect. Drilled to a total depth of nearly 25,300 ft in 2,700 ft of water in Garden Banks Block 463, it logged more than 260 ft true vertical thickness (TVT) of net gas pay in multiple sands, with more than 150 ft TVT of net gas pay found in the deeper exploratory section.

Mariner is operator with 30% working interest. Partners are Energy Resource Technology GoM Inc., a subsidiary of Helix Energy Solutions Group Inc., 35%, Apache Corp. 20%, Deep Gulf Energy II LLC 10%, and Deep Gulf Energy LP 5%.

Mariner's 100% owned Smoothie-2, a deep shelf prospect in 60 ft of water in South Timbalier Block 49, went to TD of more than 20,100 ft and logged more than 200 ft TVT of net gas pay in multiple zones.

Mariner holds 12.5% working interest in the Anadarko-operated Heidelberg discovery, a subsalt expanded Miocene prospect in Green Canyon Block 859 (OGJ Online, Feb. 2, 2009).

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