ATP receives deepwater Gulf of Mexico drilling permit

Houston-based ATP Oil & Gas Corporation said March 18 that it has received a permit to resume drilling the Mississippi Canyon Block 941 #4 well in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

“This permit for the ATP Titan drilling and production platform is the first for a stationary deepwater facility since deepwater drilling was allowed to resume on Feb. 28, 2011,” said T. Paul Bulmahn, ATP’s chairman and CEO. “The previous two permits to drill oil and gas wells approved by BOEMRE in 2011, both of them in the last 18 days, are for wells drilled by Mobile Offshore Drilling Units. We are ready and eager to return to work. ATP has always drilled safely and environmentally soundly. We are looking forward to delivering on our objectives to generate near-term production growth from these developments.”

The MC 941 #4 well at ATP’s Telemark Hub in 4,000 feet of water was drilled to approximately 12,000 feet and cased during 2009. Operations to finalize drilling and completion will begin within the next 24 hours. ATP operates the deepwater Telemark Hub with a 100% working interest and owns 100% of the subsidiary that owns the ATP Titan and associated pipelines and infrastructure.

ATP Oil & Gas is an international offshore oil and gas development and production company focused in the Gulf of Mexico, Mediterranean Sea, and North Sea.

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