Anadarko gulf tie-back drilling program adds oil discoveries

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. encountered more than 210 ft of net oil pay in multiple Miocene-aged reservoirs with the Warrior exploration well, which was drilled 3 miles from the company’s K2 field in the Gulf of Mexico on Green Canyon Block 562. Anadarko, the well’s operator, expects to tie-back the Warrior discovery to its Marco Polo production facility on Green Canyon Block 608.

Anadarko reported the net pay with no other details related to the discovery. The company holds 65% working interest in the well. Partners include Ecopetrol SA 20% and Mistubishi Corp. Exploration Co. Ltd. 15%.

At its Phobos appraisal well in the Sigsbee Escarpment Blocks 39 and 40, the company has encountered more than 90 ft of net oil pay in Pliocene-aged reservoir similar to nearby Lucius field. This secondary accumulation will be evaluated for tie-back to Anadarko’s Lucius facility, which is 12 miles north of Phobos. Drilling is ongoing toward the primary Wilcox formation objective, Anadarko said. The operator owns 100% working interest at Phobos.

The operator’s fifth production well at its Heidelberg field has encountered the reservoir sand with more than 150 ft net oil pay to date. The well will be completed once drilling operations finish, and Anadarko expects to bring the well on production early in 2017. Heidelberg is in 5,260 ft of water 130 miles off Louisiana (OGJ Online, Apr. 19, 2012). Anadarko has 44.25% interest in Heidelberg. Eni SPA and Apache Corp. hold 12.5% each, and Cobalt International Energy LP and ExxonMobil Corp. have 9.375% each.

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