EnCana ends Columbia River exploration

EnCana Corp., Calgary, said it concluded its Columbia River basin exploration program in south-central Washington without establishing commercial gas flow rates.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Oct. 25 -- EnCana Corp., Calgary, said it concluded its Columbia River basin exploration program in south-central Washington without establishing commercial gas flow rates.

Any future activities on EnCana's acreage position will likely be funded by third-party capital under farm-out or similar arrangements, the company said. EnCana, with no immediate plans for further drilling, added that the basin, which has only been partially tested, has potential for large gas accumulations.

EnCana drilled three wells, Anderville Farms Inc.-1 and Brown 7-24 in Grant County, and Anderson 11-5 in Yakima County, under an agreement with Shell's SWEPI LP unit. Exxel Energy Corp., Houston, assumed operations and ownership of the Brown well in late September and plans to attempt completion (OGJ Online, Oct. 10, 2007).

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