Gulf of Mexico: McMoRan eyes Cretaceous

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Mar. 29
– McMoRan Exploration Co., New Orleans, said the Davy Jones-2 appraisal well on the Gulf of Mexico shelf off Louisiana is drilling below 29,800 ft true vertical depth and may have encountered Upper Cretaceous sands and may be immediately above the Lower Tuscaloosa formation.

The well is projected to 30,450 ft to evaluate exploration objectives below the Wilcox pay sands previously encountered in Davy Jones-1 and Davy Jones-2.

Tuscaloosa, if present in deeper horizons on the shelf at Davy Jones, would be correlative with the prolific Tuscaloosa trend onshore South Louisiana. If confirmed, McMoRan believes the combination of productive Wilcox and Tuscaloosa sands on the same structure could enhance the prospectivity of Davy Jones and the value of McMoRan’s other ultradeep prospects on its acreage position in the Davy Jones trend.

McMoRan plans to evaluate the well with wireline logs upon reaching the proposed total depth. The company expects to complete and flow test the Davy Jones-1 well in late 2011. Davy Jones-2 is 2.5 miles southwest of Davy Jones-1.

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