The discovery well, John Brookes-1, was drilled in late 1998 and encountered a 311-foot gross (262-foot net) gas column between 9,115 feet and 9,426 feet in the Cretaceous-age Barrow sandstone group. Two zones were tested, flowing at a combined rate of 54 million cubic feet (MMcf) of gas and 274 barrels of condensate per day. The Thomas Bright-2 appraisal well, drilled in early December 2003, and the Thomas Bright-1, drilled in March 2003, are in the same reservoir with consistent gas-water contacts.
"Over the last two years we have increased our interest to 55 percent from our original 20 percent and taken over operatorship," said Apache President and Chief Executive Officer G. Steven Farris. Santos (BOL) Pty Ltd holds the remaining 45 percent interest.
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