“The Yeti discovery expands the proven subsalt Miocene play further south and west of the Big Foot field,” explained Jez Averty, Statoil senior vice-president, exploration, North America. “We are analyzing data to determine the size of the discovery in order to consider future appraisal options.”
The discovery, 9 miles south of Big Foot field and 7 miles from Cascade field, was drilled by the Maersk Developer drilling rig, a sixth generation semisubmersible.
Statoil says its drilling efficiency on Yeti was among the best of any well drilled in Walker Ridge, achieving a rate of 400 ft/day. The rig has since moved to drill Statoil’s Thorvald prospect on Mississippi Canyon Block 814.
Statoil is operator of Yeti with 50% interest, partnering with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. 37.5% and Samson Offshore LLC 12.5%.