Exploration/Development news briefs, Oct. 24

Blue Dolphin Energy � Spinnaker Exploration � Chevron � Chinese Offshore Oil Geophysical Corp. � Ranger Oil UK � Premier Pict Petroleum � Ranger Oil PC � Bow Valley Petroleum UK � Roc Oil UK

Blue Dolphin Energy Co., Houston, reported a second natural gas discovery in its High Island Area Block A-7 field, located off Texas in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Blue Dolphin through its operating subsidiary, Blue Dolphin Exploration, owns an 8.9% reversionary working interest in that well after payout. The High Island A-7 #3 found productive sands at the Rob L-3, the lower Rob L-3 and Rob L-5 intervals. The well explored a separate fault block from the High Island A-7 #2 well announced in April. Spinnaker Exploration Co., the well's operator, is preparing to set and cement production casing to 15,300 feet, and will then drill to further test lower Rob sands in the A-7 No. 3 well.

Chevron Corp. awarded Chinese Offshore Oil Geophysical Corp. a contract to acquire 1,165 sq km of 3D seismic data over blocks 02/31 and 06/17 in Bohai Bay in the South China Sea, said China Offshore Oil Corp. That is the biggest 3D seismic contract COOGC has won through a competitive bidding process, officials said. The Oriental Pearl vessel is expected to complete the seismic shoot within 120 days.

Partners in Kyle field in UK offshore block 29/2c signed all life-of-field contracts, said Bow Valley Energy Ltd. The contracts include one with Maersk Contractors, which owns and operates the Curlew floating production, storage, and offloading facilities. In the early years of Kyle production, the Curlew FPSO facilities will process production from both Kyle and the nearby Curlew field, with gas being transported through the Fulmar system for sale in the UK. First oil from Kyle is expected in March 2001. The operator of Kyle is Ranger Oil UK Ltd., which holds 20%; Premier Pict Petroleum Ltd., 35%; Ranger Oil PC Ltd., 20%; Bow Valley Petroleum UK Ltd., 12.5%; and Roc Oil UK Ltd., 12.5%.

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