Pompano Gas Production Ramps Up Again

Stone Energy Corp. is again producing oil and natural gas from the Pompano platform in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a press statement.

Production from the platform was shut in following a June 28 explosion at Enterprise Products Partners LP’s gas processing plant in Pascagoula, Miss. Stone didn’t have a direct interest in the plant, but the facility processed approximately 20 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) to 25 MMcf/d gross gas from Pompano. This gas has either been shut-in or reinjected since the explosion, Stone said in a July 25 press statement. The gas curtailment restricted oil flow from Pompano to approximately 70 percent of previous production rates.

On July 21, the company negotiated an agreement to send natural gas from the Pompano field to an alternate market, Stone said in the release. The company currently is producing oil and gas from Pompano at volumes similar to its second quarter 2016 production average rate of around 11,000 barrels per day (bpd) and approximately 21 MMcf equivalent gas and natural gas liquids per day.

“Our arrangement does not guarantee available capacity, so gas re-injection remains a fallback option if needed,” Stone said in the release.

Stone plans to drill up to three additional development wells from the Pompano platform, the company said in the May 4 press statement announcing its first quarter 2016 earnings. Each well is expected to add production volumes between 1,000 to 2,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day after hook-up.  Pompano is located in the Mississippi Canyon area of the Gulf.

Stone said in the July 25 release that it has delayed intervention activities at its Amethyst well at Mississippi Canyon Block 26 until it can secure a reliable gas sales market for the Pompano platform. Amethyst will be tied back to Pompano, which is located less than five miles from the Amethyst discovery, Stone said in its May 4 statement.

The explosion did not cause any injuries to workers or impacts to the surrounding community, Enterprise said in a June 28 press statement. The plant is comprised of three trains with approximately 1.5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of capacity. At the time of the incident, the facility was averaging approximately 400 MMcf/d of inlet volumes.

Enterprise assumed full ownership of the plant when it purchased the facility’s outstanding interest from BP plc in the first quarter of this year.

 

Karen Boman has more than 10 years of experience covering the upstream oil and gas sector. Email Karen at kboman@rigzone.com

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