Noble Affiliates makes Gulf of Mexico find

Noble Affiliates Inc., Ardmore, Okla., made its first operated deepwater commercial discovery in the Gulf of Mexico with a well in Lost Ark prospect on East Breaks block 421 in 2,700 ft of water.


HOUSTON, Feb. 9�Noble Affiliates Inc., Ardmore, Okla., made its first operated deepwater discovery in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico with a well in Lost Ark prospect on East Breaks Block 421 in 2,700 ft of water.

The well was drilled to 7,770 ft TVD/MD. Noble Affiliates said it found a pay section with high porosity and permeability at 6, 695-7,770 ft. No details of production tests were released, but Noble said the discovery was commercial.

It plans to develop Lost Ark via subsea completion tied back to an existing host platform.

Noble Affiliates operates Lost Ark with a 48.4% working interest; Forest Oil Corp. holds 50%; and Noble Drilling Exploration Co., 1.6%.

The company has already begun work on a well in an adjoining reservoir on East Breaks Block 464, and notes a similar prospect exists in adjoining Block 465.

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